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).

Independent Report Blasts Access Copyright Over Lack of Transparency

Michael Geist blogs about a report on Access Copyright by University of Toronto law professor Martin L. Friedland.

It should be noted that collectives like Access Copyright are included within associations like CCC and DAMIC which claim to represent creators, even though these organizations are controversial and only represent narrow business model interests.

Technical Protection Measures (TPMs) and Educational Use of the Internet

One of the most common themes you will see in the Copyright debate is different people using the same terminology to mean entirely different things, and never really noticing that they aren’t talking about the same thing as they argue. It is coming up on 7 years that I’ve dedicated to trying to make sense of this, which is why I’m writing so much about copyright.

While I have hinted at language problems around the term “technical protection measures” or TPMs, I will talk about this confusion in the context of a debate you may be less familiar with: Educational use of the Internet.

Read full article on IT World Canada's BLOG.

Copyright lobby to IT sector: It’s all your fault! In some cases it is.

In todays contribution to IT World Canada's BLOG I discuss that while copyright holders already have the legal tools to sue people in Canada infringing copyright, statements made this week by a relatively large number of organizations from the Copyright lobby have named their real target: the IT sector. They are lobbying to make changes to Canadian law to make the providers of IT products and services more liable for the activities of their customers.

How to become an anti-educational institution

There was talk in the GOSLING mailing list about the so-called "Data Liberation Initiative (DLI)" from Statistics Canada. It provides universities and colleges with a special case for freely available information from Statistics Canada.

For the record, I am entirely opposed to DLI for the same reason I am opposed to the various institutional exceptions to copyright being proposed by CMEC and Access Copyright. Schools are the LAST places in our society that should have rules that are different than the rest of society.

*Existing* Copyright protects writers' livelihoods, so why the call for radical change?

The following was submitted as a reply to Copyright protects writers' livelihoods, by John Degen.

John Degen is correct that any discussion of changes to Canadian copyright brings out the usual suspects. I am a software author who has spent much of my volunteer time since the 2001 copyright consultations talking with fellow independent creators about the direction of proposed legislative changes, and a very different direction that would be beneficial for creators.

Exclaim! The Year in Music Business

An article by Allison Outhit for Exclaim! gives a year in review of the music business. It highlights the changes in the music business, including the shifting royalty payment pie between composers/publishers, performers and labels. It also discusses the ongoing move away from DRM as a method to increase sales.

Articles and letters in Hill Times on Copyright.

The Hill Times had a letter to the editor and 2 articles on copyright in this week's hill times. Howard Knopf is the author of one and he has published it and a comment on the second article on his BLOG. There was a group of 12 incumbent copyright industry lobbiests who published their article on the CRIA website.

I wrote my own letter to the editor which may appear in next weeks issue which, among other things, refutes the IDC studies -- first the study that under-estimates the use of FLOSS, as well as the derivative study over-estimates the amount of software copyright infringement (The BSA commissioned study the Dire Dozen reference).

Artists and Museums Reach Historic Agreement

Thanks to Julianna Yau, in Ottawa for the Visual Arts Summit (We met face-to-face yesterday), for sending this.

Free online materials could save schools billions

An article by Greg Toppo in USA TODAY talks about Open Access materials being built for K-2 students.

Canadians should be aware that the largest component of the fees collected by Access Copyright are destined to educational publishers, so replacing these old-economy publishers with Open Access would be extremely lucrative low-hanging-fruit. This would not only save provincial educational budgets millions of dollars, it would also reduce the financial and political power of one of the forces towards backward-facing copyright maximization in Canada.

SOCAN and music download rates.

There were quite a few articles on Friday talking about how Canada's Copyright Board Sets Royalty Rate for what composers will get from music downloads. This is yet another issue where you need to understand the music industry as 3 separate components, that disagree with each other even more than they do with outsiders.

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