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[d@DCC] Federal/Provincial transfer payments: careful of the stealth transfers.

From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_ flora.ca>
To: General Copyright Discussions <discuss (at) list.digital-copyright.ca>
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2005 09:28:53 -0500 (EST)

---------- 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)
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