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June 20, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Differentiating allies and opponents in the Copyright debate

Copyright is often claimed to be a balance between rights-holders’ interests on the one hand and the interests of users and society as a whole on the other hand. I only wish things were that simple. I could take my place alongside other rights-holders, and know that copyright law would at least be taking the interests of creators into serious consideration.

The problem is that the reality is quite different. With digital copyright you have potentially 4 rights-holder groups. Even if you only consider the interests of copyright holders, the vast majority of the debates I have witnessed have been between and within copyright holder groups, not between copyright holders and some other individual or group.

Just as with previous bills, the tabling of Bill C-32 will bring new people to the debate. Reading how I evaluate my allies and opponents may be useful as a kick-start for those people.

Read full article on IT World Canada's blog

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September 7, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Copyright Consultation: the tail trying to wag the dog.

In yesterday's article, as well as my submission to the consultation, I suggested that the recording industry is like the tail trying to wag the dog in the copyright consultation. The recording industry represents one of three copyright holding groups in a larger music industry made up of composers, performers, and "makers" of sound recordings. While this group dominated the music industry in the past, modern technology will inevitably cause a restructuring of the music industry such that they will be the smallest of the three.

Contrary to recording industry claims, it is my belief that even if there wasn't a single unauthorized music file shared that the recording industry would be seeing a nearly identical decline.

>>> Read full article on ITWorldCanada's blog.

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November 22, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» The Future of Music in a Digital World

Just a FYI for those in Toronto on this event.

November 24, 2008 - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Jane Mallett Theatre at StLC
Admission is free

Panelists:

Graham Henderson: president of the Canadian Recording Industry Association

Don Quarles: executive director of the Songwriters Association of Canada

Will Strickland: president of the Urban Music Association of Canada

Byron Kent Wongis a Toronto and Los Angeles-based media producer, musician and entrepreneur

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