They've really nailed the issue with DRM :
You Buy a Lock,
But You Don't
Own the Key!
I enjoyed this article by David Pogue in the New York Times. It gives some great examples of the shades of grey in copyright law and the mismatch between what's legal and what's morally ok, plus a fascinating (and suprising, to me) illustration of how what's morally ok in this area varies with age.
I'm left wondering if my attitudes in this area are like some earlier generations' attitudes to homosexualty or even earlier generations' attitudes to race.
An article in Wired magazine gives some info on Radiohead's "pay what you like" experiment.
Well worth a read.
Mainstream media have definitely picked up on this as an issue worthy of coverage. We've seen plenty of articles in newspapers, debates on TV and radio, etc.
And I've never had as many phone calls saying that my letter to the editor is being considered for publication.
In the hopes that others will also send letters to the editor, here's my recipe :
According to an article in the Globe and Mail, at least one MP believes that the Copyright Act should cover health and safety issues :
William Patry has a great blog post (Via Archive.org) about why every change to copyright grants more rights to rightsholders. It gives some good detail on some of the spin used by the intermediaries in copyright discussion.
I particular like this bit :
Yes, the intermediaries have been claiming that what they want is really for creators' benefit for nearly 200 years now !
CBC's Search Engine is trying to give Canadians a last chance to ask the minister questions before the Bill is tabled.
Submit your questions here.
Other key sites
Digital Copyright Canada BLOG