Unnamed politician: "We are very much in support of protecting creative rights."

Unnamed politician: "We are very much in support of protecting creative rights."

The above statement is extremely common, is said by nearly every politician. I received something similar very often when asking questions during this campain.

The problem is that it says says absolutely nothing.

The issues we face can not be answered as a "yes or no" type of question, as everyone supports the arts, creativity and innovation. Nobody that was opposed to these things, or wanted "something for nothing", would ever speak up in public and say so. This may contradict the claims of some who wish to misdirect everyone from who their opponents really are, such as Bulte who believes that her opponents are "apologists for pirates".

The question is about the politicians beliefs in what is needed to protect creative rights.

The major battles in copyright are all about "how".

One side believes that protecting the incumbent intermediaries (publishers, major labels, major media, etc) protects creativity. There is no shortage of intermediaries who claim to represent creators, just as there is never an end to employers who believe that unions are bad for employees as the interests of the company should be the only interests of employees.

I read yet another example in the letters section of the Toronto Star with a publisher making false statements about claimed support for legislation promoting the special interests of intermediaries.

The other side of the debate believes that protecting the right of creators and their audiences to " make their own choices, including the right to "skip the intermediaries". They want the right to explore a full spectrum of methods of production, distribution and funding, and believe that this is needed for there to be any future Canadian creativity.

While this may involve the reduction of the revenues of the outgoing intermediaries, it will mean a far more lucrative and healthy creative sector. In effect, Canadian need protection from the intermediaries like the publisher and TV production company who jointly wrote the letter to the Toronto Star.

The most critical issue to realize is this: not only are the interests of intermediaries not the same as creators, but that the interests are quite often opposed. The major battles we see in copyright have independent creators and the intermediaries at opposite sides of the table, and I am very thankful that we have the help of legal professors like Michael Geist (and the many authors of "In the Public Interest") helping creators in our various battles against the intermediaries.