[d@DCC] Graphic display
darryl at mfe.ca
Mon Dec 6 14:59:39 EST 2004
Just some personal brain storming while I procrastinate on my day job....
It occurs to me that what our honourable Members of Parliament require
to bring home to them the gravity of the changes to copyright that are
being proposed (or soon will be) are some graphic illustrations.
I think setting up an information booth at the door of the Parliament
building might do the trick. Some of the items for display could be as
1) printer cartridge made by Static Control Components.
They currently have an injunction against them while DMCA charges are
2) Copy of "Gone with the Wind" (book) which is PD here but under
copyright in the states.
3) Warner Brothers cartoons. A convincing argument could be made that
these are PD here as the producer died in '49. They would most certainly
be under copyright in a life+70 world.
4) Linux DVD player playing European titles. So much for controlling
your own property.
5) A copy of "The cat NOT in the Hat" A parody in the States that was
ruled a violation of copyright.
6) A copy of "After the Rain" a story about peter pan who is PD here but
copyrighted in the states and GB. New art suppressed and stifled?
7) The infamous iPod. which may or may not yet find itself on the wrong
side of the law in the States.
8) A laptop reading out loud an Adobe eBook using ElcomSoft software
which was a violation of the DMCA in the States.
9) A list of all the PD works Disney alone has used to create its own
works. This would highlight just how important the PD is to creating new
Anything else? I think a display like this could go a long way towards
educating that lot in Ottawa. Anyone know if we'd get booted off the
Hill doing this?
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