Canadian Artists Representation/Le front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) is a group that seeks to represent Canadan professional visual artists.

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Next steps for the art resale right?

The first amendment moved during clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-11 was an NDP amendment to introduce resale rights (See March 12 minutes for exact wording). This is a policy that the Liberal party has supported in the past. The chair ruled the amendment inadmissible as it was a new concept that is beyond the scope of Bill C-11.

Before proponents of the resale right take that as a failure, the process needs to be looked at more closely. This is also a good time to more publicly discuss the policy being proposed. Multiple bills on the same topic are not admissible within the same session of parliament. When the chair ruled the amendment inadmissible, he was effectively also ruling that tabling that policy as a private members bill would be admissible within this session.

Would an art resale right be good policy?

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.

Appropriation Art: Actions for Artists

Appropriation Art hast posted an Actions for Artists page that lists what Artists should be doing with respect to the upcoming copyright bill.

It includes demanding that CARFAC / RAAV publicly denounce DMCA style legislation.

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.

Visual Artists in Copyright Controversy with Library and Archives

Law professor Jeremy deBeer weighed in on the copyright dispute between the Library and Archives Canada and CARFAC and RAAV. What I found interesting is that, contrary to what CARFAC had suggested, there was no assignment of copyright suggested at all. The license being requested may have been overly broad and vague, but everyone must begin to understand the differences between a copyright assignment, a copyright waiver, and a non-exclusive license. Based on CARFAC's page I ended up writing about Crown Copyright, something which has no bearing on this issue given the government was never asking to be assigned copyright.

Canadian Government asking for copyright assignment from visual artists?

Biff Mitchell posted a BLOG article of something he received from CARFAC. It claims that Library and Archives Canada is asking visual artists to sign over their copyright to the federal government. While I don't believe that any government in Canada should be allowed to hold copyright at all (Crown Copyright should be abolished), this assignment is unbelievable.

Creators Connecting... 2007 version

One of the things I enjoy about being involved in copyright revision discussions is meeting with the very diverse individuals that you will bump into. I'm mostly interested in fellow creators. In 2002 it was meeting Susan Crean, which lead to many interesting conversations.

Last month I "met" Julianna Yau, a board member of CARFAC Ontario, on Facebook.

Slyck: Copyright Face Off in Canada

I wrote the following in reply to an article on Slyck by Drew Wilson, and the disagreements between CARFAC and Appropriation Art.

Just a quick note about CopyCamp which is a forum that will be held in Toronto at the end of September that hopes to bring these camps together.

CARFAC comes out with surprising statement against Artists.

An article on the Appropriation Art website includes:

The CARFAC press release takes a surprising position against many artists, and displays a lack of understanding about contemporary art practice. The CARFAC press release contains several strategic omissions and misrepresents many of the issues addressed in the Appropriation Art letter.

Toronto: Victims or Pirates?: A Discussion of Artists and ©opyright

From the events calendar of the Ontario College of Art and Design


Pending legislation seeks to extend and increase copyright 'protection' in the name of artists, even as digital technology moves to abolish the distinction between the original and the copy. Is more copyright better for artists? Does copyright block freedom of speech? Can artists sample AND collect royalties without hypocrisy?

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