The Toronto Star has published a response from CRIA's Graham Henderson to this week's column on copyright and USTR pressure.
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Canadian Press is reporting this evening that the introduction of a copyright reform bill is imminent, with the article stating that "sources say the new legislation is ready, but Heritage Minister Bev Oda and [Industry Minister Maxime] Bernier are struggling on final wording that gives each the maximum political brownie points." The article, which features comments from myself, CRIA's Graham Henderson, and Howard Knopf, does a good job of highlighting at least two of the key issues – fair use and digital markets – that will be front and centre once the legislation is introduced.
As is the case in many other countries (Australia, UK, New Zealand), there is a growing awareness of the limits of fair dealing/fair use, particularly with respect to time/place/device shifting. Consumers rightly take for granted that they have the right to record a television show or a copy a CD for their iPod. Under current Canadian copyright law, such activities are at best in a legal grey zone. Unless the government addresses the fair use issue, expect Canadians (and the media) to be very vocal about the failure to address a fundamental issue in need of reform.
Another issue that will garner considerable attention is the question of digital markets. Graham Henderson hints at the issue in his comments, when he suggests that anti-circumvention legislation is needed to facilitate the development of new digital services, comparing the popularity of services in the U.S. with those in Canada. This argument represents a clever sleight of hand that confuses the facilitation of new services with the popularity and market acceptance of those services.
While Captain Copyright has garnered significant attention over the past week, another group of educators have been targeted with a similar message. CRIA's Graham Henderson recently published an opinion piece in the Spring 2006 issue of the Recorder, the Journal of the Ontario Music Educators' Association titled Music Students Face Uncertain Prospects Because of Illegal Downloading. I can't find an online version of the article, but I think it is does merit comment. As the title suggests, CRIA's message for Canada's music educators is that many young people who dream of a career in music face severely limited prospects. The article says that "this is neither for lack of talent nor an eager audience. Both of those ingredients are as strong or stronger than ever, thanks in good part to the excellent work of Canada's music educators. The threat to music students' future success comes from rampant and uncurbed music file-swapping on the Internet."
This passage represents the high water mark of the article.
The Canadian Press picks up on the story involving Nettwerk's backing of a defendant in an RIAA suit. The story includes some additional comments and insights from Nettwerk's Terry McBride. McBride says that he has the support of all the artists that he manages including Avril Lavigne, the Barenaked Ladies, […]