One year ago today, I launched the Fair Copyright for Canada Facebook group. The past twelve months have seen thousands of Canadians speak out on copyright reform with the issue capturing political and public attention as never before. Today, I am delighted to post a Why Copyright? Canadian Voices on Copyright Law, a 47 minute documentary film that examines why copyright has emerged as such as an important issue in Canada. The film, which I produced together with Daniel Albahary, features a wide range of Canadian voices – artists like Gordon Duggan of Appropriation Art; writers like award winning science fiction author Karl Schroeder; musicians like Wide Mouth Mason's Safwan Javed; business people like Nettwerk Record's Terry McBride, Lulu.com's Bob Young, and Skylink Technologies' Philip Tsui; government appointees like Privacy Commissioner of Canada Jennifer Stoddart and Ian E. Wilson, the Chief Librarian of Canada; and many, many more.
The film is available in multiple ways at newly designed page located at copyrightvoices.ca. In addition to the version posted on Blip.tv that is embedded below, there is an annotated version on Youtube, a version open to sub-titling at Dot-Sub, and a full DVD version available for download using BitTorrent. Forty-seven minutes is a long time to invest in a film of this kind, but I'm hopeful that people will find the perspectives interesting and that they may decide to lend their voice as well – by remixing the film (it is creative commons licensed), adding their voice by posting a video response at YouTube, or by speaking out for fair copyright in Canada.