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Re: [d@DCC] Note from Susan Crean

From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_ flora.ca>
To: General Discussion <discuss (at) digital-copyright.ca>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 14:58:41 -0500 (EST)

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

> My beef with the PLR is that it is of marginal benefit to the class of
> creators overall, and like other areas of copyright, can only reward the
> already-successful in proportion to their already-success.

http://www.pch.gc.ca/progs/em-cr/eval/2003/2003_03/3_e.cfm

    "Canada is one of 15 countries that have set up PLR systems to provide 
    payments to writers for the public use of their works. Each has a 
    slightly different approach. Some base payments on library book loans
    (e.g. the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Israel); some base payments on
    library holdings, regardless of whether the books are borrowed (e.g.
    Canada, Australia, Denmark); some countries consider both (e.g.  
    Iceland)."


  I'm not an expert on PLR and had never heard of it until today.  From
this document it seems that the Canadian PLR addresses your concern and
that you would want it to stay the way Canada does it now rather than
moving to the "popularity contest" of payments based on number of times it
is loaned.

  The fact that is it part of the cultural policy of Heritage Canada and
doesn't mess up the already convoluted copyright act like the Private
Copying regime does also seems to address a number of our concerns.


> Meanwhile, the marginal economic gain by creators is a
> disproportionately large economic loss to the public library, which is a
> cornerstone of good economic and cultural policy. We're robbing Peter to
> pay Paul. That makes no sense.

  If the PLR was like the CPCC then I would agree, but this comes
accountably out of general federal revenue (not the libraries) and goes to
authors based on whether their book is in a library (which is minimally
based on popularity).

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