[d@DCC] Copyright extremists on CBC's The Docket
russell at flora.ca
Tue Feb 25 18:59:07 EST 2003
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Copyright extremists on CBC's The Docket
Want to see how far some of the copyright extremists wish to go? CBC
did a short documentary on Lesley Ellen Harris who is a copyright
lawyer on a crusade. She's trying to teach people how to stay on the
right side of copyright laws.
CBC The Docket on copyright airs on Thursday Sept. 27th on Newsworld,
at 7:30 pm ET. It is re-broadcast on Sunday March 2nd at 3:30 pm ET.
Along with host Lisa Taylor, 3 guests debate the ideas presented in
* David Basskin (Toronto) from the Canadian Musical Reproduction
Rights Agency, and the Canadian Private Copying Collective
believes that Canada is falling behind the protectionist measures
promoted by the USA (via WIPO treaties). As a lobbyist for the
intermediaries, he was able to articulate his perspective well.
More information on the CPCC can be found via the Canadian
Coalition for Fair Digital Access (CCFDA).
* Russell McOrmond (Ottawa) wants to change copyright laws to be on
the right side of people. He believes that the intermediaries
(recording and motion picture industry, royalty collectives, and
related special interests) already have far too much power over
creators and citizens. He feels it needs to be the delicate
balance between the interests of creators and citizens that
copyright should serve, not the interests of intermediaries. For a
recent article about the CPCC and the CCFDA please read "Content
industries on slippery slope with demand for blank media levy".
* Allison Outhit (in Halifax with Lisa) was barely able to get a
word into the debate as David dominated the discussion. To get an
idea of her views I recommend searching on-line to find articles
such as letters she has written to the Canadian Heritage Minister.
If you become enraged by the documentary and discussion, or just want
to ask more questions, I recommend you go to the website for The
Docket and join their on-line forum. Some of the guests will be
participating in that forum to answer questions on-line that weren't
able to be adequately answered in the debate.
Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
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