[Cdn-DMCA] RE: Report from meeting with Heritage Canada, Tuesday March 19.
cpalmer at accesscable.net
Tue Mar 26 09:05:54 EST 2002
The main problem with Industry Canada is convincing them that you can make
money with open source software. Giving things away for free doesn't quite
make sense to them...
----- Original Message -----
From: "Russell McOrmond" <russell at flora.ca>
To: "No DMCA in Canada" <canada-dmca-opponents at flora.org>
Sent: March 26, 2002 8:56 AM
Subject: Re: [Cdn-DMCA] RE: Report from meeting with Heritage Canada,
Tuesday March 19.
> On Mon, 25 Mar 2002, Tom Trottier wrote:
> > ...
> > Perhaps we need to bring in a truckload of books of works now in the
> > public domain - Shakespeare, Shaw, ... and tell them that if
> > Shakespeare were protected by digital rights, he'd be inaccessible by
> > 2100, encased in obsolete media and devices without a way out.
> It is my understanding that Heritage "gets this". They may not speak in
> terms of protecting the commons as most government has been re-engineered
> to react primarily to business language, but I don't believe there is a
> problem there.
> In the case of Industry it is a matter of convincing them that
> public-domain and otherwise shared (Open Source where Moral Rights are
> retained, but economic monopoly privileges are released) information is
> that basic infrastructure that will mean as much to the next economy as
> transportation infrastructure meant to the old economy.
> The duel/dual nature of Copyright between Heritage and Industry will
> probably require different approaches to each.
> By the way:
> I would like to thank everyone who is participating in these
> discussions. Bouncing off ideas between each other has allowed us to come
> up with some pretty good stuff that I don't think anyone could have
> thought of alone. If I compare my thoughts on copyright last August when
> this forum was started and now it is quite different. It has been a huge
> learning experience.
> I do hope we'll grow from here possibly to create our own association so
> that we can further share resources when discussing Open Source/etc with
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