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Since the invention of the phonograph, the high cost of recording and distribution of music allowed an industry to evolve where a small number of multi-national cartels had the money and the power to choose who got access to recoding studios and radio airtime. Just as it was expensive to record an album - it was expensive to copy and share. Technology has changed this.
Music is now cheap to record, copy, distribute and promote.
If you want to "modernize" our copyright laws, then let's really recognize technology as it exists today and make sure our laws reflect it.
* Lets acknowledge that any DRM can and will be broken, and for the foreseeable future, it is technologically simple for average citizens to share songs. While this make it harder for a small number of "super-star" artists to record a single song that could earn them more than an average person earns in a lifetime, this ease of distribution provides the majority of artists a huge advantage. There no longer are a few corporations that can make or break a career. The easy distribution of music brings an artist's music to new people. These new people can become fans, and support the artist by purchasing concert tickets, t-shirts, posters, and deluxe enhanced music compilations. If you want to modernize laws, lets make sure that NEW ways of doing business are supported. We don't need new laws to enforce old ways of working.
* Lets acknowledge new ways of creation. One of these new ways is to take existing songs and remix them - change then - combine then with other songs - to create new art. If you want to modernize laws - lets make sure that these new art forms are supported. We don't need new laws to limit the way that art is created.
So yes - the current copyright laws probably need updating. They need updating to acknowledge new technology and new ways of creating art. They need updating to protect the Canadian people from multinational corporations who wish to control the creation and distribution of Canadian art and Canadian culture.
Create laws that embrace new technology, rather than by fruitlessly trying to suppress it. Acknowledge new technology and new thinking "“ don't legislate outdated business practices.
Shadowmis [2009-08-28 14:52] Comment ID: 2094 Reply to: 2002
I agree with you. Multinationals scream about free markets when it suits them but they need to realize that it is a double edged sword. Businesses are more or less free to pursue any business model they wish (in this case controlling the supply side which is generally a risky business model but was successful for many years because of the high cost of entering the market) but that freedom allows for a competitor to pursue a different model (such as using new technology to influence the demand side with cheap distribution and advertising).
The Government must not succumb to their whining. Government may have legit national security reasons to protect sunset industries, such as farming, however there is no national security reason to prompt the government to intervene in the entertainment industry because a competitor can more aptly address customer needs.
arts [2009-09-04 22:12] Comment ID: 2222 Reply to: 2002
Seriously… exactly how do laws against illegal file sharing stop someone from using new technology to share songs of their own making and become internet-famous? Why do we need to change already artist-friendly copyright law to be more artist-friendly in the face of new technology?
I support strong copyright and have given my work away for free on the Internet. The two concepts work hand in hand.
Music industry practice has changed so much in the past decades -- do you really think the industry can't tell the difference between a remix and base plagiarism? Again, no new law needed. There will always be ongoing discussion and negotiation around the acceptable boundaries of art creation.
Reasonable limits on litigation would help, but that has been the case in all areas of civil law, not just copyright. Bring in reasonable litigation limits that make it impossible for the wealthy to chill the poor, and I think your "copyright" concerns disappear. No?
Hotshotharry [2009-09-10 15:11] Comment ID: 2395 Reply to: 2002
Very well said ! I see copyright as a way to enforce old business models instead of being innovative and keeping with the times ! While content needs to be protected we shouldn't be held hostage because of it!