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[d@DCC] Letter to Scott Simms: Wanting to discuss copyright revision and cultural policy with you.
From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_ flora.ca>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 10:49:56 -0500 (EST) From: Russell McOrmond To: Scott Simms Subject: Wanting to discuss copyright revision and cultural policy with you. Dear Scott Simms (Bonavista--Exploits), On November 24 I wrote to you a letter in reply to some questions that you asked of the Heritage Minister. She offered you the standard recording industry nonsense suggesting that they exist separate from the real economy and that any losses that they experience are due to Internet peer-to-peer "sharing". The narrative you have been hearing on copyright and related rights is a simple one: new technologies have allowed citizens to infringe copyright, content industries are being mortally harmed, and governments must step in to protect these industries at all costs or we will see an end of creativity. The story is very cut-and-dry, and like an old western movie we know the good guys are wearing the white hats, and the bad guys are wearing the black hats. The problem is that reality is never as simple as an old western. Parliament is being misled about what is really happening. I am not a citizen who infringes copyright, nor do I work in one of the legacy content industries. I am a creator that makes my living focusing on new business models and creative methodologies that harness (rather than oppose) new communications technologies. My work is under considerable threat from policy revision currently being driven by Heritage on behalf of the old-media industries. This forced me to go part-time to work to protect my sector. The quickest summary of my policy work is as follows: a) Creators and audiences should control communications tools, not third parties like DRM manufacturers or the companies that dominate old-media. Whenever new communications technologies become available, and are allowed to develop independently of incumbent interests (especially established content industries and their business models), creativity as a whole has always greatly benefit! b) Creators should have a full spectrum of business models and development methodologies available to them. The government -- on behalf of incumbent industries -- should never impose business models or development methodologies on all current or future creativity. c) That the recent WIPO treaties and Heritage directed revisions to copyright are aimed at destroying the above two public goods. I have written a few articles recently which you may find interesting. Please consider replying to me and further discussing this area of policy. Russell McOrmond 305 Southcrest Private, Ottawa, ON K1V 2B7 Phone: (613) 733-5836 http://www.flora.ca/#contact Proposed copyright revision will take creativity backwards http://www.digital-copyright.ca/discuss/4179 My summary of the Interim report. http://www.digital-copyright.ca/node/view/550 Note: In the past I wrote formal submissions, but have not done so for this report. It doesn't look like Heritage accepted past submissions. My summary also links to: I, copyright cop! Who controls the digital security guards? http://www.flora.ca/russell/drafts/copyright-cops.html The picture that may never again be possible http://www.flora.ca/russell/drafts/puja-picture.html Excess Copyright? Towards a full spectrum of business models for published works http://www.flora.ca/russell/drafts/excess-copyright.html -- Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/> Have you, your family, your friends (, your enemies) signed the Petition to the Canadian Parliament for Users' Rights in Copyright? http://digital-copyright.ca/petition/ _______________________________________________ Discuss mailing list Discuss@list.digital-copyright.ca http://list.digital-copyright.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
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