Two more copyright letters in the Hill Times

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Exchanges between fellow creators.

Last night I stopped biting my tongue, and posted a reply to John Degan's ongoing "Copyright=Oxygen" thread.

I may be getting too emotional, but this is common given the importance of Copyright to many Canadians. Copyright can no longer be treated as entirely industrial policy as it is now seen as regulating the private and sometimes intimately personal activities of average Canadians.

The phrase "users' rights" is being lobbed by John and others as some sort of derogatory term. This is being aimed not at people who are opposed to the original intent of copyright, but fellow creators who have identified different threats than he has.

Chris may not be a novelist like John is, but he is just as much a Canadian creator. Cory Doctorow is a novelist like John is, and yet John sometimes aims the same disdain at this Canadian science fiction author that he might otherwise be reserved for educational institutions wanting an exemption from copyright.

I don't know if Cory is a member of PWAC or TWUC, but he would qualify. The question would be whether Cory thought these organizations represented authors like him or not, and not whether Cory qualified for membership.

I agree with John about the wrong of the CMEC proposal to exempt educational institutions from Copyright. We disagree about whether the Access Copyright proposal is just as wrong. (See: How CMEC and Access Copyright seek to destroy the Internet.)

Most important, we seem to disagree who in this debate is best representing the real long-term interests of fellow Canadian creators. While I am an independent software author and technology advocate, and not a novelist, I consider Cory to be one of the most influential people on the same side of the debate as I am. That is the side of creators' rights, even if our views differ from those that have tried to appropriate that phrase.

Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) consultant.