[d@DCC] Fred Wardle, Letter to the Editor,
ag737 at freenet.carleton.ca
Mon Aug 9 22:24:20 EDT 2004
>The committee's recommendation to allow for the licensing of Internet
>materials used for educational purposes shows an appreciation of
Access Copyright has yet to see a use, a user, or a usee that it doesn't
want to license.
Of course, Access Copyright thinks "collectivize it!" is a great, balanced
solution. It adds to their bank balance, it's balanced.
>users' needs for more efficient access to such materials while
>respecting the copyrights of creators.
What a crock of shit.
Pardon my French, but shit is the only word to describe this.
Users alread have "efficient access" to this material. IT'S CALLED THE
"Licensing" material that the creators are ALREADY GIVING AWAY FOR FREE,
to users who ARE GETTING THE MATERIAL FOR FREE, is just another revenue
stream for Access Copyright, one which it has no moral or economic claim
to. It's greed, pure and simple. Something more to tack onto the
$50-plus-million they want to siphon out of the 12 departments of
education outside Quebec in respect of educational activities.
$50-plus-million a year, that is; that's that much less to fix leaking gym
>the contrary, the proposed extended collective licensing scheme will
>reflect those instances where authors consent to making their works
>available to the public free of charge without affecting the rights
>of other creators who rely on their copyrights to earn a livelihood.
Examples of those, who are posting their material, unrestricted, but for a
price, being... ?
>copyright-protected materials, and the creators of those
>copyright-protected materials will receive the compensation they need
>to allow them to continue.
No doubt in much the same way that Access Copyright takes money it
receives from "unlocatable" licenses granted by the Copyright Board, and
cheerfully redistributes it to authors, publishers, and literary estates
who had nothing to do with the creation of that material in the first place?
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