russell at flora.ca
Sun Dec 14 15:52:18 EST 2003
On Fri, 12 Dec 2003, Ian Goldberg wrote:
> But the decision seems to explicitly say that copying audio onto a hard
> disk is *not* Private Copying, and is an infringing copy.
Yup. The private copying regime makes legal that which should be
illegal, and makes illegal that which should be legal. We cold go
on-and-on with how flawed this system is amongs those who largely agree.
Somehow we need to reach the creator community and clarify things.
- Consumer unrest won't solve the problem. Any appearance that those
opposed to the levy are just looking for cheaper CD's will play into the
- The whole falsehood that this regime benefits creators needs to be
challenged. Alternatives could be proposed, but in most cases any
alternative I can think of are opposed by the intermediaries.
Example: government education campaign funded by government to restore
better relationship between creators and their audiences. The
intermediaries are in the way here as their "litigation rather than
education" campaigns have made is socially acceptable to "stick it to The
Man" and not pay for works. The intermediaries promoting the private
copying regime also makes non-payment to creators both legal and socially
Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
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