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Re: [d@DCC] Note from Susan Crean

From: Kal <kal _-at-_ linsystems.ca>
To: General Discussion <discuss (at) digital-copyright.ca>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 10:59:10 -0500 (EST)

On Fri, 26 Mar 2004, Wallace J.McLean wrote:

>Creative people aren't "forced" to face harsh economic rules. They - we -
>are the first owner of copyright in our work in the vast majority of
>circumstances, and can only lose that ownership voluntarily.

My point is programs like the PLR give owners of copyright something to
turn to other than a business interest whose goals are their own profit
first.

>How can you change the Copyright Act to obviate these "harse economic
>rules"? Should we? And why?

I think there's a place for "harsh economic rules" in the arts, too. I'm
not saying all artists should be solely paid through government programs.

The bottom line is I support public funding of the arts in exchange for
public access to the arts.  In particular, I feel we need effective and
transparent programs that promote the arts and enrich our lives.

>I don't think there should be a PLR. I don't believe public lending can be
>shown to net-undercut the commercial market for books, and even if it did,
>I don't think it's economic or cultural good sense to rob libraries to pay

The PLR is funded from Parliament.  Libraries do not pay a dime out of
their budgets nor do they need to make any changes in the way they
operate.

>Margaret Atwood.

I see nothing wrong with promoting excellence in the literary arts.  We
should have both programs that give higher rewards for popular artists and
programs that fund less mainstream or not established artists based on
peer review.

If you are against public funding for the arts in general, then please
indicate that.  But if you are in favor of public funding for the arts,
then I can think of no better example of how it can be effectively and
transparently accomplished than what the PLR does.



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