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[d@DCC] Open letter to Sarah McLachlan about the World on Fire and the future of music

From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_>
To: General Copyright Discussions <discuss (at)>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 13:13:49 -0500 (EST)

Posted to

(I do not know how to contact Ms. McLochlan other than through her
label, so I am posting this here in the hopes that someone personally
connected will read it)

Dear Sarah McLachlan,

I would like to congratulate you on the amazing message that you
convey with the video for "World on Fire".  You were able to getting
people to donate their time to bring the costs of the video down to
$15, and then to donate the $150,000 that it is estimated it would
normally have cost to sustainable-development charities in Africa.

I am wondering if you have considered taking this message the next
step.  The Recording Industry is part of a very powerful lobby group
internationally that has been asking for radical changes to laws such
as copyright.  They are doing so for obvious reasons: modern
technology such as the hand-held camera and other technologies you
used in your video are becoming cheap enough that individual citizens
are able to purchase and control these technologies.   When you add in
the low cost of mass-distributing this creativity on the Internet, you
have set up an environment that is in direct competition with the way
creativity was created, distributed and funded in the past.

In the mid 1990's these industries and their allies in the United
States government went to the World Intellectual Property Organization
and was able to get two treaties signed in 1996 which would protect
their old way of doing things.    To try to turn this agenda around to
one that wouldn't oppose other policies of the United Nations, Brazil
and Argentina launched a WIPO Development Agenda to try to not only
reverse the bad policies of 1996, but to also modernize WIPO to
support these new methods which would help to support creativity and
innovation throughout the entire of the the developing and developed

Canada is currently drafting legislation to implement the 1996 WIPO
treaties.  As a Canadian musician who appears to be thinking about
these issues I hope you will consider learning more and speaking out
against the anti-development agenda being imposed by the old recording
industry.  We have a group of musicians that are trying to come
together with one of the important messages to parliament being that
the Canadian Recording Industry Association does not represent all
Canadian musicians.

Our group also has a Petition for Users' Rights
which we have collected over a thousand signatures for that we are
presenting to the Canadian parliament.

Thank you.

Russell McOrmond
Independent software creator and music fan.
Host for
Full contact information at


The official web site of Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan.

World on Fire video (Includes links to charities)

WIPO Development Agenda

  Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <> (My BLOG)
  Sign the Petition Users' Rights!
  To protect Internet age creativity we must reform WIPO, not copyright!
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