PMO to announce changes to Copyright Act
Submitted by martha on May 5, 2010 – 2:16pm
Today, I heard from a friend that a new Copyright Act is indeed imminent. As anyone who has watched my appearance at the Toronto Town Hall Copyright Consultation my own views are two-fold: first, that whatever is done we need public legal education on copyright for creators, users and everyone in between. Second, after reading multitudes of submissions and talking to many people smarter than I I actually think we need less law not more. By that I mean we simply don’t yet know where this technology is taking us. If anything there is an enormous diversity of views out there within the creative communities about copyright and its usefulness: one musician insisted that he did not want his work up on the internet until he heard from a fan in Germany. It is his life’s work and he has struggled mightily to preserve its integrity – he wants to control it but he needs the listener to give it life and new meaning. This a struggle that varies from person to person. The struggle may take a somehwat different form for a painter or photographer but the views still vary as does the perspective on control and integrity.
Though Michael Geist and I have some disagreements I think anyone reading this should read his recent comments about the need for balance and compromise in any reform to copyright. You can read his comments here. More needs to be heard and read from creators and more. The Creators Copyright Coalition has also posted its views. The members of the coalition are not the only views of creators, however, it is important to remember that without some form of collective licensing and collection most artists would not have any remuneration from their work. Write to your MP and tell them what you think. For those of us in BC we need to contact James Moore, Minister of Heritage.