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Require that ISP's must pay a license fee to Performance Rights Organizations, just like radio and television is required by law to do so.
Very soon, storage of entertainment products on personal drives, disks etc will no longer be necessary, and in declining supply. Online streaming and availability of all entertainment content will be the norm. Under current laws, no compensation is assured to content providers and artists. Innovation is ignited when compensation is assured to creators.
jrm [2009-08-19 14:25] Comment ID: 1840 Reply to: 1774
This is a terrible idea. It's the kind of backwards thinking that brought us the bizarre blank media levy. Why should I pay a fee, though my ISP, for content that I'm not interested in?
What you propose is like setting up a lemonade stand but instead of selling lemonade on the side of the road I set up a barricade across the road with a toll booth. Then all the drivers must pay the toll to drive on the road but don't worry, if they pay the toll they get "free" lemonade. They also have the choice of not driving on the road so all is fair, right?
Copyright law cannot 'withstand the test of time' when it comes to storage formats/media. In short: if something can be played, it can be recorded. Any attempt to change this negatively impacts the user's rights to access something they bought in a fashion they want.
Changing the law to keep up with media storage technology is a futile endeavour: all known forms of encryption can be circumvented and will be, total enforcement is impossible, and changes tend to protect industry (most of it foreign-owned) at the expense of consumers (citizens) and reasonable fair use/access.
It should not be the position or responsibility of the government of Canada to come to the aid of businesses (again, largely foreign-owned) rigidly adhering to failing business models.
nick [2009-08-22 04:57] Comment ID: 1996 Reply to: 1724
Copyright law should be general enough and non restrictive so that the format/media does not apply. Don't draft a law that talks about CD's or Mp3 players because we don't know how long those things will be around. Draft a law that works with digital content or even content in general. Also allow works to enter the public domain faster so that all of society can benefit.
The capacity of electronic devices has nothing to do with the level of creativity.
It may have an impact on the profit of those who 'invest' in the creativity of others - either positive or negative. That 'investment' has historically affected creativity, in the same ways.
If the latter isn't a problem, why is the former?