Post Tagged with: "private copying"

Dutch Artists Groups Propose Full Legalization of P2P

Two Dutch artists groups have proposed full legalization of peer-to-peer activity in return for an expansion of their private copying levy from CDs and DVDs to devices that can play and record movies and music.

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November 25, 2010 6 comments News

In Search of A Compromise on Copyright

Last week marked the return of the copyright debate to the House of Commons as Bill C-32 entered second reading.  Six months after its introduction, it became immediately apparent that all three opposition parties will be seeking changes to the bill in return for their support. My op-ed in the Hill Times (Hill Times version, homepage version) notes that three issues stand out as the most contentious: digital locks, fair dealing reform, and the extension of the private copying levy.

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore was quick to criticize opposition concerns, but garnering the requisite votes to pass the legislation will require compromise.  The good news is that there may be a path to finding common ground on each issue.

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November 10, 2010 41 comments Columns

CPCC: Conservative Party “Hate People Who Make Art”

David Basskin, a director with the Canadian Private Copying Collective, offers startling comments regarding Bill C-32, stating that “we’re really at a loss to understand the capacity of the Conservative party to hate people who make art.”

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November 10, 2010 6 comments News

European Court of Justice Strikes Down Private Copying Levy

The European Court of Justice has ruled against a private copying levy in Spain, concluding that it cannot be “”imposed indiscriminately.”

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October 21, 2010 1 comment News

Bill C-32: My Perspective on the Key Issues

With the House of Commons back in session this week, there has been growing speculation that Bill C-32, the copyright reform bill, will emerge as a government priority.  Given the rhetoric we’ve seen over the past three months, it seems likely that proponents of the digital lock approach will seek to paint critics as anti-copyright, pirates, and radical extremists.  While the rhetoric may seek to delegitimize consumers and many Canadians vocal on the copyright issue, the reality is that many consumer and education groups have been far more supportive of the bill than proponents such as the music industry.

With the caveat that I can only speak for myself, the following post covers the most contentious aspects of Bill C-32 by aggregating some of my posts and comments.  When the bill was first introduced, my immediate response was that the government did a good job compromising on some very contentious issues (ISP liability, fair dealing, consumer provisions, statutory damages) but that the digital lock approach represented a huge flaw that undermined many of the positive steps forward.  This remains my view – if we can find a compromise on digital locks, I think this is a bill worth supporting.  The following five issues are likely to be the among most contentious in the upcoming hearings:

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September 21, 2010 46 comments News