Bev Oda demands copyright capitulation

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In Question Period yesterday, Ms.  Bev Oda (Durham, CPC) demanded that we give in to US pressure on copyright extension.  She may have revealed her actual agenda with her next point:  "when are we going to tighten the borders, Mr.  Speaker?".  I don't think copyright is really what it's all about at all.

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Anthony de Boer from 69.17.133.163 at Sat, 07 Jan 2006 21:05:21 +0000:
There has to be middle ground on the copyright issue. If you demand its abolition, so that you can download any song or movie you want for free, then on the same day Redmond can embrace'n'extend GnuPG because the GPL won't mean anything anymore either. For that matter, XP becoming free-for-the-taking would mean a lot of people using it instead of putting up with the rough edges in Linux anymore.

Linus Torvalds has pointed out that Linux is free not because anyone has any right to take it, but rather because he chose to give it away under a free license.

Copyright (and patent) law was originally created because it was perceived to be a net benefit to the community; the rest of us would be able to enjoy more creative works if the people who could create them were encouraged to make more by being enabled to make a living at it. Trying to get back to the communal benefit concept and hold to that would be key.

Meanwhile, walk into Bev Oda's Uxbridge campaign office. That's a Linux workstation sitting there. There are at least two serious free-software people on her team (me being one of them, but the other deserves the credit for computerizing the campaign).

The big problem with copyright, as I see it today, is that the Internet has upset the traditional way of doing things, in which publishers were able to add value by putting songs, books, movies, and the like on physical media, and distribute, market and retail those. Digitally copying the actual works without anything physical needing to exist or move around slashes costs, and the net lets people share word-of-mouth worldwide about hot new talent. Meanwhile, the traditional corporations aren't disappearing without a fight, and their scorched-earth policies toward their declining market are causing huge problems. Fans are looking at that, and also seeing money spent on media making huge corporations richer and only a pittance getting through to the artists, and pirating works instead. The challenge to the free software community is to try and facilitate a new world order, the Creative Commons or something very like it, in which fans can support artists directly and the corporate overhead isn't needed.

Anthony

Matthew Skala from 69.63.62.226 at Sat, 07 Jan 2006 21:27:53 +0000:
Who's calling for the abolition of copyright? I'm calling for not expanding it beyond its current bounds.

Deuce from 74.118.168.189 at Fri, 12 Jan 2007 00:42:14 +0000:
"Meanwhile, the traditional corporations aren't disappearing without a fight, and their scorched-earth policies toward their declining market are causing huge problems"

So why is Bev supporting a dying regime?

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