The Craft Economy Kill Bill C-61
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The Craft Economy Kill Bill C-61

Local big-brained post-punks The Craft Economy are doing what they do again, and getting creative with their distro. If you happened to be bopping around the Hillside Festival in Guelph this past weekend, you might have spotted—or manned up and grabbed—one of the 150 discs seen above (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 license) out of a tree or off of a pole once your curiosity got the best of you. Good thing, because that’s what they’re there for.
The disc, containing a demo of “Menergy,” a track off of the band’s upcoming record (due late August) isn’t simply Creative Commons licensed music like their previous hydro pole-only release, this time it’s a Bill C-61 protest too (see that little piece of paper sticking out of the back of the disc? Yeah, that’s the protest part). It reads, in part:

This is far and beyond and more bizarre than the heavily criticized DMCA in the USA. Copyright should protect the rights of artists and producers of creative content, but it should not suppress creative and artistic expression. The Craft Economy has licensed our music, including this CD, using the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 license. This license gives you the freedom to share our music with your friends and enemies, and remix and use it in new and creative ways, provided you attribute the work back to us, and you don’t make money off our work. It’s fair for you and us. This is the way art should work.

Anyhow, if you’re not one of the few who managed to snag one of these freebies in Guelph (or wherever the remaining CDs were stationed in Toronto, we never stumbled on any), you can check out a text file of their anti Bill C-61 statement and other relevant links included with the disc on their blog.
Or you could ask just them about it in person when you high five them at their show tomorrow. At the Horseshoe! No cover! You win.
Photo courtesy of The Craft Economy.