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[d@DCC] Federal/Provincial transfer payments: careful of the stealth transfers.
From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_ flora.ca>
---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2005 09:26:55 -0500 (EST) From: Russell McOrmond <russell -at- flora.ca> To: Dalton.McGuinty -at- premier.gov.on.ca. Cc: "McGuinty, David - M.P." <McGuinty.D -at- parl.gc.ca> Subject: Federal/Provincial transfer payments: careful of the stealth transfers. I live in the riding of Ottawa South. I am available any time to discuss this or other related areas of policy. Mr. Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, (Copy to my federal member of parliament, David McGuinty) While I appreciate your work to try to get a better deal for our province from the federal government, I believe you should be aware of a proposed stealth transfer. The area of policy I focus my time on is copyright and related technology policy. There is an issue in current copyright revision that amounts to a transfer of additional funds from the province to a federal program that should be being paid for by the federal government. In an Interim report on Copyright Reform the federal Heritage committee recommended what is called an "extended license" for educational use of the Internet. The theory is that this is usage by the educational sector of copyright material that would otherwise be infringing, so they wish to add a levy to pay copyright holders for these uses. This theory does not have merit: the material we are talking about is material published on the "no membership required" part of the Internet where the actual copyright holders (of which I am one, publishing on-line for most of my life) intended to be accessible to the general public anonymously and without additional payment. What Access Copyright is asking for is a new way to collect money to subsidize Canadian writers who claim (without evidence) that they are being financially harmed by the introduction of new communications technologies. Subsidies to cultural sectors of this type is exactly what the federal Heritage "Tomorrow Starts Today" program is intended to do. The difference in this case is that the funding for this program is coming from educational institutions, which means that the provinces will be paying for this federal program. Please get involved in this issue and demand that if this type of a program is to go forward that it is done in an above-board way that is transparent and accountable to federal taxpayers. This is not a legitimate exercise of the rights in copyright as the anonymous royalty-free use was already authorized by the copyright holder. The money is recommended to be collected by Access Copyright, a collective society primarily made up of publishers and writers who do not make their materials available on the public "no membership required" part of the Internet. Thank you.. Russell McOrmond 305 Southcrest Private, Ottawa, ON K1V 2B7 http://www.flora.ca/#contact Related links: Summary of Interim Report on Copyright Reform (with links to related articles) http://www.digital-copyright.ca/node/view/550 Tomorrow Starts Today program of Heritage Canada http://www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/tomorrowstartstoday/ Note: While I do not believe that the educational community has been doing a good job on this file, it is useful for you to be aware that they are engaged on this issue. Educators asked for an "exception" to copyright that was not necessary or desirable. What was needed was clarification on what implied license can be understood from the publishing of works on the "no membership required" part of the Internet. It was the request for an "exception" that launched this current round of backward-looking revisions to copyright, with Heritage responding to requests for exceptions with new levy systems. Copyright proposal threatens future Internet use in classrooms (Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada) http://www.aucc.ca/publications/media/2004/09_22_e.html http://www.caut.ca/en/news/comms/20040922copyrightproposal.asp MINISTERS OF EDUCATION SET NEW PRIORITIES http://www.gov.pe.ca/news/getrelease.php3?number=3798 "The ministers, most of whom represent Canada's Copyright Consortium, agreed to seek an urgent meeting with federal ministers to object to proposed changes to the Copyright law. The changes would require payment for educational use of Internet materials. Under the new law, students and teachers could have to pay a fee for the educational use of Internet materials that are free to the public." CMEC Copyright Consortium Calls On Federal Government To Allow Use Of Internet Materials In Education http://www.cmec.ca/releases/press.en.stm?id=17 -- Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/> http://www.digital-copyright.ca/blog/2 (My BLOG) Sign the Petition Users' Rights! 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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