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- How do Canada's copyright laws affect you? How should existing laws be modernized?
- Based on Canadian values and interests, how should copyright changes be made in order to withstand the test of time
- I hold the view that Copyright should be made to be as flexible as possible ensuring and protecting the widest range of use among consumers (yes, this is much easier said than done…). Instead of standing the test of time, a structure be put in place that allows copyright to be reflective of the various ways that media and digital Intellectual Property is transmitted and used. We are in a an ever changing situation with digital media and IP creations… it would be counter productive to create a set of copyright rules that 'nail-down' the current digital situation.
- What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster innovation and creativity in Canada?
- Simply opening the doors to the creation and use of all digital content without restriction specifically for non-commercial uses. Although this is counter-intuitive on the initial pass, it will foster and encourage industry/producers to create completely new and novel business models thus fostering more creations and innovations, driven by the consumers themselves. This system does work, as seen in the underground industry of pirating… if there is a demand, business should adapt themselves, not the consumer to the producer's wishes… this will stagnate innovation and creativity within a bounded set of rules and conditions. After all, creativity and innovation stem from 'outside of the box' thinking. Lets encourage that thinking.
- What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster competition and investment in Canada?
- The age of physically owning digital media has been over for more than a decade; the same bounds that are applied to a cassette tape cannot be practically applied anymore. By pushing similarly old-styled copyright today, it will force some producers and most consumers off the radar creating a black market already seen in the pirating of media. Businesses cannot compete in the area unless the incentives are removed for maintaining the old style for fixed copyright. Pushing for open and flexible copyright will garner new and novel business models in this new reality. Investment will stem from demand.
- What kinds of changes would best position Canada as a leader in the global, digital economy?
- The old method of conceptualizing digital IP and content akin to physical forms is not the future for a digital economy. As such, to emphasize consumer driven demand, ease of access and a loosening of restrictions on digital forms should be the core of Canada's Digital changes. The new digital economy is the capitalization of a new form of speech. Much like publishing a book is to a spoken language, digital copyright is to the age of the Internet. Having strictly governed digital copyright supporting corporate interests would be similar to a sort censorship on free speech. Copyright should be designed to encourage Open License project while curtailing corporate abuse on consumers (referring to the rather ridiculous multimillion dollar lawsuit against Joel Tenenbaum for sharing about a CD's worth of songs on Kazaa, killing someone while drunk hold less punishment in some instances). Additionally, copyright should protect commercial interests in cases of for-revenue situations where work is specifically used without permission for commercial proposes.
The Internet is a new form of speech; protecting our Freedom of Speech should be the paramount consideration in copyright reform over an above all commercial considerations.
Those are my 2 cents… thanks for your time
Corporate Document Controls Consultant