Copyright (royalty) Collective Societies

While copyright royalty Collective Societies often claim to represent creator and non-creator copyright holders, they are simply administrative bodies for one narrow business model option. Some of the most well known (and controversial) Canadian collectives include Access Copyright (previously CANCOPY), Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), and Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC).

Debating copyright at the Council of Federal Libraries (CFL) Annual Fall Seminar.

(Story also published on p2pnet)

On September 14, 2005 I participated in a panel at the Council of Federal Libraries (CFL) Annual Fall Seminar . The day was very informative for me, being a technical person who may spend a lot of time with fellow creative Canadians in the copyright debate, but have not spent a lot of time with librarians.

The debate I participated in was at the end of the day. Steven Cohen from PubSub Concepts Inc. and had spoken earlier in the day about the use of RSS to have conversations over the Internet, and how librarians should be keeping ahead of the curve in knowing what is coming. The other panellist was Virginia Jones, Associate Legal Counsel at Access Copyright. Access Copyright is a collective society which collects royalties (monopoly rents) for a variety of types of works under copyright including commercially published books, magazines, journals and newspapers.

Communist hymn is in copyright - filmmaker fined

This BoingBoing article posted by Cory Doctorow includes how collective societies can sometimes do things quite offensive to the creator.

The Internationale is a call to arms to abolish private property, eliminate international borders, and throw off your chains and rise up to smash the state. Hard to imagine that the long-dead creator of that song is having his wishes honored by French collecting societies shaking down people who make use of it for cash.

No matter what your personal political views, it is important that we forcefully reject collectives like Access Copyright and SOCAN who want to claim to represent creators outside their repertoire. Creators must have a choice about who they are represented by. It can easily be argued that this French collective society is violating the moral rights of this creator.

Copyright or wrong? The debate over proposals for copyright reform in Canada

This article by Susan Thompson in Vive le Canada includes:

On one side of this debate is Russell McOrmond, internet consultant and advocate for balancing creators' rights with more critical communications rights of access and democracy.

On the other side of the debate are Canadian professional organizations for creators and groups like Access Copyright, who want to create more technological protections on works.

Past Simcoe-Grey MP Paul Bonwick now lobbiest for Access Copyright

Canadian New media reports that past Simcoe-Grey MP Paul Bonwick has registered to be a lobbiest for Access Copyright. The revolving door between members of the Heritage (AKA: Past) committee and the legacy content industry associations should be monitored closely if we are to protect future creativity from abusive control by the past.

See also: Letter to Prime Minister Martin that references Mr. Bonwick's 1996 WIPO treaty ratification push. That ratification opposes the interests of Access Copyright is not likely something Mr. Bonwick understands.

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