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March 16, 2012

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Next steps for the art resale right?

The first amendment moved during clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-11 was an NDP amendment to introduce resale rights (See March 12 minutes for exact wording). This is a policy that the Liberal party has supported in the past. The chair ruled the amendment inadmissible as it was a new concept that is beyond the scope of Bill C-11.

Before proponents of the resale right take that as a failure, the process needs to be looked at more closely. This is also a good time to more publicly discuss the policy being proposed. Multiple bills on the same topic are not admissible within the same session of parliament. When the chair ruled the amendment inadmissible, he was effectively also ruling that tabling that policy as a private members bill would be admissible within this session.

Would an art resale right be good policy?

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March 3, 2012

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Theme emerging at the C-11 legislative committee

I have noticed a theme emerging at the C-11 committee.  Copyright law impacts other areas of policy, including cultural policy and with the type of Paracopyright policy in C-11 we see impacts on property, contract, eComerce and other areas of (primarily provincial) law.

While the governing Conservatives have the copyright policy right, they have the non-copyright policy wrong.  The official opposition NDP have the non-copyright policy right, but have the copyright policy wrong.   The lonely Liberal is just doing what he can to get a question or comment in from time to time.

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February 5, 2012

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Copyright restrictions must make sense for entire term of copyright

One of the other topics that my friendly archvillain Jason J Kee and I touched on via twitter on Friday was the term of copyright.

I remembered that when he was in front of the C-32 committee he claimed that the format shifting aspects of C-32 (Now C-11) didn't apply to video games. He started to make similar claims in our discussion, started by the claim that "by definition, software is never platform neutral", and later that there is "no reasonable consumer expectation to format shift games".

If you only consider the few months after a video game is released, when the most money is currently made by the game developer, Jason's suggestions my appear reasonable. Games tend to push the limits of the hardware they are designed for, and thus are tied to that hardware for the time when those limits still apply.

Unfortunately, the government granted monopoly of copyright last far more than a few months or a few years.

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January 9, 2012

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» A short lived celebration

I celebrated Public Domain Day by sending a letter to my MP (David McGuinty in Ottawa South) and Senators for Ontario and Ottawa to highlight the public domain and the separate problems of Paracopyright.

Meera Nair wrote an article on how this may be a short lived celebration in that there is a desire as part of Trans-Pacific Partnership to extend the term of copyright from death+50 to death+70 years.

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April 17, 2011

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» So little, so late: Canada’s Gear and New Media Envy

I was interviewed for an article by Mike Vardy that discusses barriers in Canada to content and technology. While referencing the comparative strength of US and Canadian law (Hint: US is more lax), I also referenced current CANCON rules.

“I think everybody sits around and complains but no one figures out why,” suggests McOrmond, who is based in the nation’s capital. “The problems are coming from inside Canada. We are actively refusing content. CanCon rules should not apply to retail. Why should CanCon rules apply to Netflix but not to WalMart? It’s these silly rules.”

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February 5, 2011

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Anti-competition everywhere in Canadian telecom/broadcast sectors.

I'm not a proud Canadian these days. It seems that everywhere I look I see some monopolist trying to wipe out free markets in Canada, and not enough government intervention to protect the market. There are individuals in the current cabinet who appear on the surface to share some ideas, but who are sending mixed messages. I also don't get the impression that there is enough support elsewhere in cabinet, with other parliamentarians and parties, or with the larger bureaucracy who should be working for us.

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January 14, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Rethinking out loud about Margaret Atwood

Earlier this week I listened to (MP3) an interview of Margaret Atwood by Spartan Youth Radio reporter Madeline Lemire. I found I agreed with some of the views of Ms. Atwood. This surprised me because I was aware of some of her views on Copyright, and because of this I had become wilfully ignorant of her work. I did not want to financially support someone I felt was a political opponent.

Read full article on IT World Canada's blog >>

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January 10, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» CES and the future of television

I normally don't follow the Consumer Electronics Show, but this year is different. The way in which it is different for me is also part of the story of the show.

I've been watching coverage of the show via the live stream from This Week in Tech. As well as this, I have Rhythmbox (an Audio/Video tool that supports RSS) automatically downloading both the MP3 audio and the Video downloads for their TWiT Live @CES.

Full article on IT World Canada's blog >>>

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October 11, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» How local TV could really matter: end of antiquated phone and cable companies

I suspect most Canadians have seen the advertisements from the Local TV Matters campaign from broadcast networks CTV (and the 'A' Channel), CBC, and Global (and Chek News). This includes some of the PSA's and songs they (ironically) make available through YouTube. You may also have seen the material from the Stop the TV Tax campaign brought to you by re-broadcasters (cable/satellite/etc companies) Bell (and Bell Aliant), Cogeco, EastLink, Telus and Rogers.

As a Canadian citizen you may feel stuck in the middle of a battle between massive television networks and massive communications (phone and cable) companies . This fee for carriage debate may turn out to be good news to Canadians in the long run as it may allow us to finally modernize our communications infrastructure.

>> Read full article on the new IT World Canada Insights blog.

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September 12, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Creators protecting our public domain

Tomorrow, Sunday September 13'th, is the last day make your voice heard in the 2009 copyright consultation.

One of the key ways in which copyright is balanced between the interests of past creators and future creators is through the limited term of copyright. While the current term of copyright is excessively long, and appears to be expanded in the USA every time Mickey Mouse is about to become part of the public domain, copyright is intended to eventually expire.

Since all creativity builds upon the past it is critical that we grow the public domain. Any policy that allows works to clearly enter into the public domain to benefit new creativity, without harming the legitimate interests of past creators, should be pursued. We are quickly moving away from a time when the activities which copyright regulated were corporate in nature and having a floor full of lawyers doing copyright clearance was reasonable. We need to modernize cultural recycling into the public domain to match this new reality.

>> Read full article on IT World Canada's blog.

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April 20, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Why won't the movie and television studios accept my money?

I would gladly pay a hefty monthly fee for this wonderful service—if someone would take my money. In reality, I pay nothing because no company sells such a plan.

This quote is from a Slate article by Farhad Manjoo. While my personal choice is to simply not watch the movies/shows that are not offered to me rather than accessing them for free, I totally understand this situation. It is frustrating that these companies spend so much money on lobbying incorrectly claiming that infringement is the top reason for downturns in revenue.

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February 28, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» The CRTC isn’t just a nuisance now, it’s a real threat

An opinion piece by Andrew Coyne on the Macleans BLOG discusses just how dangerous old-media associations like ACTRA can be to Canadian creators and creativity. He discusses how regulations like CanCon might be necessary in limited spectrum media, but only evil and harmful to all Canadians (including and especially artists) in unlimited spectrum media.

October 21, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Media Democracy Day Vancouver - October 25, 2008

Media Democracy Day 2008 Vancouver will take place at the Vancouver Public Library on Saturday October 25th 2008 from 12 noon to 6 pm. Admission is free and open to everyone. Geoffrey Glass will be representing the Fair Copyright for Canada community in a panel, and Ifny Lachance of the Free Geek Community Technology Centre will help people upgrade to Open Source.

Closing Address: Matt Thompson - Award Winning Online Video Producer, Campaign Strategist for FreePress, Co-founder of SaveOurNet.ca

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October 18, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» On Poetic Justice and Subsidies

Yet another great post by Copyright laywer Howard Knopf discussing the question of copyright vs. arts programs. He didn't articulate it exactly that way, but this is in reality what is happening: the assumption by many politicians/bureaucrats that if copyright was "stronger" (more tilted in favour of copyright holders) then the arts could be entirely funded by the private sector and would no longer receive government funding. Funding to departments like Heritage could then be redirected to sport, a migration that has already started.

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October 9, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Culture in Danger, Extended Version (Culture en Péril, Version Longue, with subtitles)

This is hilarious... or would be, if it were not so serious an issue.


Other election related Youtube videos:



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September 23, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» The Internet Is Exploding ... With Anti-Harper Sentiment

It is interesting to see an article from the Department of Culture, a spoof hosted by artists opposed to various cuts to arts funding, talking about the various artist groups that disagree with the Conservative party on cultural policy.

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September 10, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» CBC: Who Owns Ideas?

A CBC Radio feature:

Jim Lebans, a producer with CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, looks at the tangled world of intellectual property and how the digital age is challenging ideas about who owns our culture.

August 24, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Disney's rights to young Mickey Mouse may be wrong

An article by Joseph Menn, a Los Angeles Times Staff Writer, focused on whether Mickey Mouse was in the public domain. The broader, and I think more important policy issue this debate brings forward, is why we are continuing to use such extremely complex formula for determining when human creativity finally becomes recyclable (copyright term expires).

August 15, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Tories to axe five more arts and culture programs

An article by James Bradshaw from Friday's Globe and Mail talks about additional cuts to arts programs.

I have to wonder if the Conservatives have been hearing complaints from the creator community about their anti-creator copyright revisions, and decided to give up on this important constituency entirely?

August 12, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» No more "Trade missions" for artists?

I've been hearing that a few programs that subsidized international promotional tours of Canadian artists (See Canadian press) called PromArt, as well as another called Trade Routes.

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