As I read reports tonight that France has advanced plans to legalize P2P, I was reminded that during the copyright reform process, groups such as CRIA are often heard to say that Canada needs to follow the lead of the rest of the world. In light of recent events, I suspect that many user groups might be inclined to agree. We could follow:
- the Australian lead of moving toward fair use
- the UK lead in holding hearings on the dangers associated with DRM
- the French lead of considering legalized P2P with a levy system to cover audio and video downloads
- the US lead on legislation that allows for increased of Internet materials in the classroom
- the South Korean lead of not prosecuting downloaders for personal purposes
- the majority of the world's population which has not ratified the WIPO Internet treaties nor extended the term of copyright beyond life of the author plus 50 years
With a new Conservative cabinet set to be named on Monday, it will be important to remind officials that international standards means much more than just deciding what to do about the WIPO Internet treaties.