So I’m having a beer at Copycamp’s Worldcafe last night, and I find myself being introduced to Marcus Bornfreund, project leader for Creative Commons Canada.
This reminds me, I say. T’other day, I’m listening to CBC Radio One’s “Spark,” a program about new technology. And at the end of the program the announcer says, more or less, “All the music on Spark today is covered by Creative Commons licenses.”
Which makes me wonder. The CBC has union agreements to ensure musicians, composers and others get negotiated rates when CBC uses their work. How do CC licenses work with that? Given that many people associate a CC logo with “it’s free,” and blur over all that commercial/non-commercial use thing, could Spark simply be taking this music as free stuff? It’s not my music, I don’t know, I’m just curious.
But when I mentioned it to Marcus, he was curious too. So now he is going to look into it, and then we will all know more.
Late update: And talking to Sam Trosow, my friend tho’ last month I was, ah, looking sceptically at some of his work, I learned he helped ensure that his organization, the CAUT, joined with artists and creators in urging the Senate to kill C-10, the bill that say the government will only invest in films that it finds nice. Bravo. The government funds university professors too — if it wins on C-10, will it start to vet their opinions next?