Digital Copyright Canada
Digital Copyright Canada
It is unfortunate that creators are having to bypass their associations and unions and speak directly to the public (and fellow members) to have their voices heard. Some have gone so far as to create their own associations, like the members of the CMCC and Appropriation Art. (Sadly, the Creators' Copyright Coalition still includes these in their membership counts with their claims that the all-powerful "silent majority" support them).
Author James Bow has written an open letter to Ministers Prentice and Vernier on C-61.
The May 17'th issue of the Globe and Mail features an article by John Degen titled Who needs copyright, anyway? He suggests that the panic about copyright from all sides of the debate is false, and talks about his own transition from being one of those fighting the CopyFight to someone who is now releasing his book royalty-free (and DRM-free) on the Internet.
One comment stuck with me in the essay, which is that copyright critics often comment on his BLOG in what seem like attacks. The reason why this is the case should be taken as a compliment by John. He gets the bulk of the commentary not because he is seen as the strongest "enemy" of those who see copyright differently, but because he is one of the few people seen to be on a given "side" of the debate that is willing to have open dialog with the public.
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A few hours after posting my article on the content industry vs content delivery providers I was sent a link to an article titled "Raging Grannies demonstrate for fair contracts for freelancers" by its author, journalist Shannon Lee Mannion. The contracts that the big media companies are asking freelance journalists to sign are getting worse and worse all the time. I feel really bad about this situation, and I do anything I can in my policy work to help improve the situation for authors -- especially freelance creators given I am one myself with my self-employed business.
I am left with mixed feelings, however, because I believe that the organizations that should be helping authors -- organizations like the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), The Writers Union, and other members of the Creators Copyright Coalition and DAMIC -- have been promoting policies which will have the effect of protecting or worsening the market conditions that enabled these bad contracts in the first place.