Just a rumour going around.
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Even those well-connected to Ottawa are reporting dead silence on progress toward introduction of Copyright Act reform legislation. Minister Bev Oda survived the cabinet shuffle (despite some media predictions), but that has not let to overt signs of action.
Some alarm-raising goes on. CBC online yesterday had a short Technology story about the imminent danger of a bill that would empower Ottawa to come and seize your iPod, pretty much. It was based on opinions from Michael Geist and Howard Knopf, mostly. But it had no real info about the actual progress of the bill or its contents.
Addendum — January 17: Media coverage of Industry Minister David Emerson’s trip to China emphasized the push to persuade China to start taking intellectual property seriously. Would that be having any influence on how his department is thinking on domestic IP matters?
MACAC, the Ministry Advisory Council for Arts and Culture, is the body advising the Ontario Minister of Culture on Status of the Artist matters. Its report is now available as a download through its website, www.macac.on.ca.
Good to see John Doyle making sense of the Actra strike in today’s Globe & Mail. As he points out, the core of the problem is that so many Canadians think like the producers: if it’s digital and online, creators ought to give it away for free. He’s struck by the amount of anti-creator sentiment he sees in letters to the Globe & Mail, rooted in readers’ sense that they entitled to everything for nothing. Doyle: “Being freelancers doesn’t mean they have to work for free. No Canadian does, so actors and performers shouldn’t be expected to do it.”
At the Globe‘s website, the article is, ah, behind a paywall. Subscribers only.
Actra members seem set to start a strike against television and film producers today. Principal bone of contention: new media. All kinds of digital spin-offs are providing new revenues to producers, and the actors need their share.
Hard to avoid seeing how effectively the “cyberspace is free” ideology has been perverted here. Anti-copyright activists proclaim themselves relentlessly against Disney and Microsoft and all the corporate forces locking up the culture. But it is corporate producers that have most effectively harnessed that free culture argument: “Hey, it’s digital, it’s new media, it’s gotta be free. Run with us here, don’t be all old-media and expected to get paid.”
I don’t know if actors have to walk picket lines and have the fire in the barrel and all. No fun in January — even if the weather is mild. Good luck, creators. Hey, at least actors can take collective action. Too bad periodical writers don’t yet have similar recourse!
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