Culture

Whether free culture allowing all citizens to fully participate, or centrally owned/communicated/controlled culture, at the root of much of the debates are very different ideas on cultural policy.

Tories to axe five more arts and culture programs

An article by James Bradshaw from Friday's Globe and Mail talks about additional cuts to arts programs.

I have to wonder if the Conservatives have been hearing complaints from the creator community about their anti-creator copyright revisions, and decided to give up on this important constituency entirely?

No more "Trade missions" for artists?

I've been hearing that a few programs that subsidized international promotional tours of Canadian artists (See Canadian press) called PromArt, as well as another called Trade Routes.

Big Media Strikes Again with iPhone

John C. Dvorak offered a similar rant as part of the TWIT show, so it is great to see he did it in text for PC magazine.

The journalism community in general—and tech journalists in particular—discourage free enterprise and real competition. They are the worst kind of bandwagon-hoppers and hero-worshippers. No wonder the public does not think highly of the profession.
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The irony is that giving too much attention to Microsoft allowed the company to take over the place; there was nobody left to actually advertise, and all the computer magazines shrank in size. Everyone then blamed the Internet.

Burnaby-Douglas MP Bill Siksay on Bill C-61

Burnaby-Douglas Link is a monthly publication produced by Hon. MP Bill Siksay's office and is sent to every household in the Burnaby-Douglas riding. On the front cover of Burnaby-Douglas Link's July 2008 issue (png image), MP Siksay discusses in length the negative impacts that Bill C-61 will bring upon Canadians and describes his position on the said bill. The following is a text copy.

Dear Friends,

As I write, Parliament has just recessed for the summer.

Where is that "buy me now" button for Copyright?

Much of the copyright debate reads like fiction. People supposedly find content on the Internet which has a "buy me now" button and a "take without paying" button, and they choose the latter. The non-fiction version of this story is very different. For the vast majority of content which people can acquire illegally on the Internet, there is no way to purchase the same thing legally. It is very hard to share the "moral outrage" that some entertainment industry lobbiests have been exhibiting, especially since they made deliberate business choices which caused their problems to be far worse.

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Copyright and Hockey Night in Canada theme

I've read a few peoples comments on the Copyright implications of what is happening with the change of the Hockey Night in Canada theme. I heard that that it was not the payment for the theme that was the core of the dispute, but some "other copyright issues" that related to ringtones and Internet distribution.

Artists tiring of giving work for charity

A CBC News article tackles a long-standing problem in the arts community. Art has a value, even if we don't always have a good way to put a dollar value on it. But when this art is donated to a charity, the artist doesn't get a tax receipt or any of the other recognition that someone donating cash would.

Why?

Geist to blame for loss of HNIC theme? What?

This weekend's blog entry on creatorscopyright.ca by Christopher Moore comments on the recent cancellation of the Hockey Night In Canada theme song by CBC. Unfortunately it puts so much political spin into the issue as to make even the likes of David Frum dizzy.

New media broadcasting online consultation: What is new media broadcasting?

The following is my first submission to the New Media Broadcasting online consultation. I spent a few hours on the site this afternoon and made other contributions, but this was my main one.

What is new media broadcasting?

In order to discuss new media broadcasting, we need to first discuss what is actually new about this media. I believe there are a few key changes: ownership/control of tools, design criteria of communications networks, and new methods of production/distribution/funding.

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Little Brother Audio book: Audible vs eMusic vs Zipidee

I am one of those people who walk around with earphones in my ears whenever I leave home, and at various breaks in the day. I'm not listening to music much these days, but listening to people giving speeches (including stuff converted from the House of Commons audio format), audio BLOGS (also known as "podcasts"), CBC radio shows (Spark and Search Engine), and sometimes even books (often via Cory Doctorow's podcast). I'm an ideal customer for audio books, and would love to hear books in that format, if only some of the book publishers would sell them to me in a format I'm willing and able to accept.

To show the contrast, I will compare three different services I have run into, and my experimenting with audio books. I hope to see some of you tonight at the GOSLING 6-year anniversary party, if you wish to chat about this and related "Open Source Logic" topics.

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