Sam Bulte – Liberal Arrogance in Microcosm

kinnon —  January 13, 2006 — Leave a comment

SambamSam doesn’t get it. She thinks that champion of illegal downloading and IP ignorance, Michael Geist is just out to get her – and her friends, starving Canadian artists. No way is she going to allow EFF Members and the aforementioned Michael to silence her voice – or the voices of those poor struggling Canadian artists like Sony/BMG, Universal, Warners et al. (Hey, wasn’t Jack Warner born in London, Ontario.) Sam is on the side of the Angels. (Possibly the ones who play in Anaheim.) Or at least that’s what she told the good people gathered at an all-candidates meeting in Parkdale-High Park Wednesday night. (ae openness: I have family members who will vote in that riding…just not for Sam.) There’s no way she’d agree to pledge anything as patently ridiculous as this:

“No Member of Parliament who has accepted financial contributions or other benefits from (i) a copyright lobby group, (ii) its corporate members, or (iii) senior executives as well as (iv) a copyright collective shall serve as Minister of Canadian Heritage or as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, nor sit on any legislative committee (parliamentary or standing committees) conducting hearings or deliberations on copyright matters.”

Why she might offend those good friends of hers coming to her fund raising dinner, just four days before the election. (Hopefully they all live in the riding, she’s going to need more than their money.)

And now Sam has to put up with someone speaking out of turn, a Canadian artist no less. Of course, he plays the artist card:

What I would like to do is address this issue from the standpoint of a Canadian musician with regards to someone like Sam Bulte claiming to represent our interests rather than those of the corporate executive.

The most important realization that any Canadian can make about this country’s music industry is that it is almost entirely beholden to foreign parent companies. Now, many of you might be labouring under the false assumption that the primary concern of Canada’s foremost corporate music giants is the promotion and support of domestic artists, but nothing could be further from the truth. Canadian companies exhaust the majority of their energies promoting large international acts, basically acting as little more than regional sales offices. Below those concerns is found whatever investment remains in Canadian music, an investment that over the last decade has rapidly declined. That’s not to say that all interest is gone, or that there aren’t a few good people left out there with their heads screwed on straight, just that their options are limited by those above them.

Now what would Matthew Good know about working as a music artist in Canada.

Sam seems to have that seem musical ear that adorns her beloved Leader – PMPM. The one he used the other night to tell Peter Mansbridge that yes he approved the anti-Harper military ad, no he didn’t approve the Harper Military ad, he just approved the copy – and it came out all wrong…or something. All the blonde-haired Bulte had to say at the beginning of this process was, “you’re right, you know. The fund-raiser really does look all wrong. I’ll cancel it. And since only ten percent of my funding comes from those folk, I’ll just send it back.” We might still have questioned her loyalties to the American Corporate Copyright interests, but the story wouldn’t have had the kind of legs it has now.

Don’t look over your shoulder for Peggy Nash, Sam. I think she’s out in front of you.

Go here to follow the blogosphere travails of Sam Bulte.
Read Doctorow, Geist and Hyndman. And my previous posts here, here and at the end of this post, here. And check out techdirt and some Guy with an Accordion. Even one of my heros, Larry Lessig gets into the mix.

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

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