'Tis the season... to sign better petitions

Mike De Souza blogged about a petition from Bloc Québécois heritage critic Carole Lavallée. While I haven't seen the exact text of the petition, I can speculate that it is against the compromise position on fair dealings (between those like myself who wanted US Fair Use style and those who are opposed to any limitations or exceptions in Copyright), and in favour of an expansion of the failed private copying regime.

I wrote the following as a reply on that blog:

I am not sure how promoting a failed experimental policy that takes money out of the pockets of Canadian composers and musicians is a Christmas gift. As I have written in my C-32 FAQ, the existing Private Copying regime has largely backfired. Many people incorrectly believe it pays for unauthorized P2P filesharing of music, and thus it has induced many people to infringe copyright rather than pay for the music they acquire.


The primary beneficiary of the Private Copying regime is an intermediary called the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC). Collectives offer an important financial service to creators, but can no more legitimately claim to represent creators than my bank manager can claim to represent me in policy debates simply because I happen to be a customer.

While revenues to creators may go down because of ongoing misunderstanding about the private copying regime, extending the regime guarantees free money to the CPCC on the backs of these creators.

There are important petitions I would recommend people look into. The greatest threat to creators in C-32 come from technological measures. Far from protecting copyright, legal protection for these technologies provide an opt-out of the traditional contours of copyright, competition, contract, privacy, trade and property rights. Rather than the the rule of law, these technologies obey rules in the form of software where it is the providers of that technology, not copyright holders or lawmakers, who ultimately determine what can and can not be done.

I provide more details on this critical issue at billc32.ca/faq

The Petition to protect Information Technology property rights is at http://billc32.ca/petition/ict/