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As a performance artist whose interactive works use parody to make critical commentary in a humorous way, I am concerned that the new copyright legislation will make it illegal for me to parody existing forms, such as the Olympic Games. It was my intention to produce my third Banana Olympics (previously: 1975, San Francisco, 1980, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC) this summer, as a way to express my displeasure at the spending of public monies to produce this monstrous commercial event that only the wealthy can afford to attend; but after six months of trying unsuccessfully to get an arts organization to collaborate on the Banana Oh Limb Picks, I abandoned the effort. All that I approached cited the liklihood of the IOC slapping an injunction on me if I proceeded with the project, as their reason not to be involved. I, nor they, have the financial resources to do legal battle with an organization with such deep pockets and high opinion of their undertaking. It is unreasonable and unfair for a large corporate interest to have the legal power to muzzle criticism of it’s activity through copyright legislation. Fair Dealing must be included in any new copyright legislation, if nothing else, as a safety valve for the expression of opposition and criticism. 
Anna Banana,