"The way the bill is written, we could never again be compensated for these copies, we don't think that's fair," says David Basskin, a director with the CPCC. "We're really at a loss to understand the capacity of the Conservative party to hate people who make art."
By the way, the CPCC’s average payout to the ultimate beneficiaries has been at most about $160 per year for those who actually receive cheques and likely much less in the case of actual individual artists. The cost of running the collective, most of which goes to lawyers, consultants and employees of this comparatively small organization, has been about $25,000,000 to date.
Did it impede the orderly development of the private copy regime? Yes. That judgment had far reaching effects on the marketplace. It created market uncertainty, made the daily innocent activities of ordinary consumers illegal and helped to ensure that the regime would become irrelevant as new technology changes the way consumers copy music. An additional and predictable result is that in excess of $50 million in royalties have not flowed to authors, composers and performers.