[d@DCC] Two different views on the debate around C-60....
russell at flora.ca
Tue Aug 23 14:17:59 EDT 2005
The politics of Bill C-60 is going to be interesting, with many of
the groups believing that the public is behind them.
Take the following opposing viewpoints as an example:
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> "I think they’re going to feel emboldened that society is onboard with
> this, and that the opponents of C-60 belong to a shrill, increasingly
> marginalized group of academics, activists and teenagers who want their
> books, music, television, and films for free."
> *Graham Henderson*, president of the Canadian Recording Industry
> Association (CRIA), confident that Parliament will come down on the side
> of copyright holders as it weighs Bill C-60, which will overhaul the
> Copyright Act.
I returned late last night from Winnipeg. I spent a week actively
communicating with a cross-section of people from the Free/Libre and
Open Source Software community ( plug.ca ) as well as many
movers-and-shakers in the arts community ( spoken word artists, huge
numbers of musicians, people from the Winnipeg arts council, etc).
A quote that I could easily have made about the participants in the
FreeCultre.ca conference in Winnipeg would be as follows:
"I think they're going to feel emboldened that the informed part of
society is strongly opposed to this policy, and that the proponents of
C-60 belong to a shrill, increasingly marginalized group of old-economy
economic monopolists and special interest lawyers who, unable to compete
with modern methods of production, distribution and funding, are trying
to use radical changes to the law to eradicate competition as well as
the rights of creators and their audiences."
Russell McOrmond, self-employed software developer, consultant and ISP
focused on open collaborative methods of production, distribution and
funding of creativity and innovation. Russell McOrmond was a keynote
speaker at OpenCity 2005, a festival of participatory culture,
Those who are part of the informed public of creators and audiences
only need to help educate everyone else, as once people are adequately
informed about what C-60 is really about they join us in our strong
opposition to C-60. We are not people who don't want creators to get
paid as falsely claimed by the monopolist intermediaries, but are
largely creators and audiences who are opposed to C-60 *because* we
believe that creative Canadians should be paid fairly.
We believe that in order to allow creators to make a fair living that
they and their audiences should have a legally protected right to "skip
the intermediaries" who have been expropriating most of the money in the
past methods of production, distribution and funding of creativity.
Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
2066+ Canadians oppose Bill C-60 which protects antiquated Recording,
Motion Picture and "software manufacturing" industries from change...
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