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Canadians give Japan relief from anime synth-pop… get paid

By Christopher Moore | August 30, 2007

Poignant story in the Globe & Mail today: here. Canadian music CDs are being vigorously, apparently successfully, promoted in Japan. Japan, it says, has a relatively low level of music piracy, so Canadian musicians who create some value can actually be rewarded for their contributions. Only in Japan, you say…. Pity.

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Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry…

By Op-Ed Editor | August 17, 2007

…may be more important than Verner in Heritage. In Indian Affairs, Prentice gave the impression of someone engaged, competent, and action-oriented (so they got him off that file!). And on copyright matters, Industry seems to run rings around Heritage anyway.

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Josee Verner

By Op-Ed Editor | August 15, 2007

New Culture minister. Word is Quebec conservatives generally have a better understanding of government’s role in supporting culture than their RoC counterparts. So it should not be worse. But party policy is still a problem.

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Licensing YouTube

By Christopher Moore | August 8, 2007

Story in the Globe & Mail yesterday documents the gradual licensing of YouTube.

The biggest content holders already have forced YouTube to license their content. Now a music producers association in the USA has joined the suit on behalf of a broader range of producers. YouTube makes noises about how producers should appreciate the exposure YouTube gives them, but that’s missing the point. This is simply a negotiation about price, so that a fraction of the revenue of YouTube will actually flow to those who provide the value. It’s about a collective licensing regime, really — access and rights. Here comes the future.

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Geist flights

By Christopher Moore | August 7, 2007

Michael G mixes apples and oranges again in his Star column.

He’s down on the CPCC proposal to the Copyright Board to put a levy on iPods and mp3s, same as blank tape, blank CDs and other recording devices.

I don’t recall it was ever creators who wanted that levy. Taxing recording media rather than licensing content is a pretty crude measure at best, almost the opposite of collective licensing, where the price is negotiated to fit the actual value of the copying and it’s easy to accomodate for private uses and fair dealing.

But Geist goes on to slam Socan and Access Copyright as if they were part of the problem, though collectives like these would seem to be the solution.

Update: “pcommodore” sent us this comment: “The SOCAN and AC comments were a bit beside the point, but it isn’t hard to follow. The Cons aren’t fans of collectives to begin with and they hate the private copying levy. With a government looking for votes, taking on barbers and school kids won’t win those collectives any friends.”

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Not such a revolution after all?

By Op-Ed Editor | August 3, 2007

New CRTC report on Canadian use of the internet suggests, it says here, that mostly we use the internet pretty much the way we use old media. It ain’t such a revolution. The law applies.

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