[d@DCC] Junos always an interesting time to watch politics...
russell at flora.ca
Mon Mar 27 17:51:18 EST 2006
On April 4, 2003, I was one of 20 Canadian creators who participated
in the Minister's Forum on Copyright that coincided with the Junos that
year. I was there as a software author and computer security and
Internet consultant, offering some insight into proposals that would
help Canadian software and other authors.
I warned about the harm that would come to Canadian creators from the
proposals brought forward by the incumbent recording industry. The
proposals were not seeking to protect Canadian culture or creativity,
but to protect existing business models and distribution channels from
the inevitable changes that comes with progress.
It is now 3 years later and even with a change of government I have
not seen indications that government understanding of these issues has
If we are to have a future for Canadian creativity we need to start
by recognizing that creativity and innovation and linked, and that both
involve constant change and improvement. This means that there *must*
be changes in the way we do things, as this change is in fact how we
What the recording industry is asking for is no different than what
the incumbents have always asked for. Songwriters wanted the right to
control and disallow recordings of their work as they believed there was
no business model in recordings that would support them. Governments
legalized this recording by taking away the ability of songwriters to
control their works, offering songwriters a government-set payment for
recordings or public performances. Then along came radio broadcasting
which removed control of these recordings, then came cable that took
away the control of broadcasters, and then came VCR's which took away
the control of cable companies, and so-on.
Each time there has been a new technology that has created new
methods of production, distribution and/or funding, copyright has been
balanced not by extending the control of the existing industries, but by
putting additional limits on them to allow progress.
Why should the current change that is happening to the recording
industry be allowed to be any different? Have we not learned anything
from history, or is the government so intimidated by the Internet and
digital technology that they want to ignore history?
Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
2415+ Canadians oppose Bill C-60 which protects antiquated Recording,
Movie and "software manufacturing" industries from modernization.
http://KillBillC60.ca Sign--> http://digital-copyright.ca/petition/
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