Posts tagged: Copyright

C-61 in Canada – A YouTube Documentary

By , May 7, 2009 1:01 pm

C-61 died with the last election, but it might raise it’s ugly head again as the government has basically stayed the same. This is a great look at the issue in 11min 20secs.

Thanks to Harold Jarche for the heads up (via twitter). Digging around my RSS reader (yeah I still do that old RSS thing), I found this article (and now a response) on ownership. So while Kool-aid sipping government members may think that C-61 or it’s spawn might fit very well into this world that doesn’t have physical media that one actually owns, it still misses the point that the video makes. Art/culture etc is based on remixing and reworking and by making that illegal, we are taking a step back as a society.

Thoughts on Audio and Video

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By , February 5, 2009 9:33 am

It is interesting to see that Hollywood has had its head in the sand for the last few years as the Music industry has been dealing with pirates and is only now starting to try to put the genie back into the bottle (NYT). Worried more about streaming than downloading, the Studios seem to be thinking that they can save themselves in the same way that the Labels did(nt).

Having just started into the world of the Digital Home, it seems to me that torrenting isn’t really that hard, but what is “hard” is trying to find good copies of files that would be as good as or better than the rips one could make on their own. If the Studios really want to try to cut down the number of pirates, or converting the pirates to customers, they really need to try new things. Yesterday on the way home, I was listening to the description of a new course over in Law (at the U of A) on Copyright Law and the Music Business. One of the comments from that story was that recording artists are making less money from recording now, so thay have turned to merchandise and touring to generate money. So what would be a way for the Studios to do the same thing? Well they can’t do live shows, so what about doing something with downloads? It seems that the Studios are starting on this path with “Digital Editions” available on LE or BD copies of releases, now all they have to do is make those editions available without any media at all.

Make the downloads available cheaply – that way you at least get some of the “soft pirates” – but have them released almost at the same time as they are in the theaters (two weeks later?). And then through this, build a credit system – Disney has a point system, so does Coke, so the more smaller items you buy, the more you have toward something bigger – and that bigger item could be an optimally compressed, full featured copy of a movie available to download, without DRM. Sure these are going to get traded as well, but at least the Studios will have made up some of their loss along the way. Because it seems that the real issue with both audio and video entertainment is convenience. If it becomes more convenient to drop $2 on a “good enough” copy of some movie that you might like, isn’t that better than spending time searching for a file that might be “good enough”? Or use loyalty points from other programs to get these “good enough” copies, that way it doesn’t appear to the user that they are paying for anything.

Of course, there is another social way to do something about piracy – show kids what it takes to make music or movies and then they might just appreciate the work that goes into it – and please for the love of Jebus, show them that it is ok, or even better to work/wait for what you want and that “right now” isn’t ideal.  But that would only be in the ideal world right?

A great primer on Copyright

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By , October 22, 2008 12:00 pm

Ideas presents “Who owns Ideas“. A great primer for copyright and what some of the issues are. I think this would be a great tool for students/teachers in schools – social studies and teacher PD in particular.

Textbooks 2.0

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By , August 20, 2008 11:23 am

I hate it when WP eats posts…so this is the second pressing of the idea.

A couple of stories just came across my screen regarding textbook piracy the first from the LA Times (Google Cache) and the second from eCampus. Between these two, came a link for an Open Source Stats textbook. If we take a look at the two sides of this emerging debate, you have the textbook publishers that are trying to make money and will protect their physical and electronic content (bigger, heavier more expensive scan resistant books, or DRMed electronic resources or ebooks). On the other side you have Open Source creators who are investing just as much effort, but into a product that is free to use – likely good enough on it’s own, but needing an instructor to really shine.

Knowing that many instructors simply “teach” from the book, there is some arguement to be made to the effect that the textbooks can teach the content on their own. I can only imagine that students and universities don’t really like this model as it leads (often) to poor teaching reviews, but the publishers love it because it creates “value” for their product. Instructors who actually care about their course, likely refer to the books and would likely prefer the flexible nature of the Open Source texts. Many of these are “stand alone” capable, but others are scaffolds to allow for maximum flexibility (along the lines of Kelly’s Copies don’t matter). Institutions should like this model as it encourages “butts in seats”.

It should be interesting to see how this battle plays out. I guess the thought I had about publishers not needing to worry turned out to be misguided, and even magazines are facing this. – There was much more to this post, but this is what happens on the second press – and to think I even copied it before posting, but then copied something else right away…

C-61 – Digital as Paper

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By , July 24, 2008 12:43 pm

Well, if you have been watching everything that has been flowing from the C-61 debate over the past few weeks, it really seems that this bill was crafted out of something other than “an attempt at fairness”. Especially when it comes to students. I spotted this on Giest’s blog and after reading the comments, I’m really wondering about how anyone can even try to understand what this law will mean on the ground.

To me, not having read the draft, it seems that at the end of the day the hardest pill for anyone to swallow will be related to the provisions that prevent the “digital as paper” workflow that many students and academics have been raised with. But luckily, as CBC has Prentice on record as saying, the bill is not enforceable.

Pirate’s Dilemma

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By , July 2, 2008 11:52 am

This is always reassuring – a book publisher that is willing to give away their book (after and while still selling). The latest find is via an office mate here. Pirate’s Dilemma (download) is an interesting look at the rip/remix/burn elements within the culture and how (especially with the talk aroun C-61 now) this element seems to be increasingly vital. It also reminds me of the EduPunk posts of a few weeks back:

The game has changed.

Youth movements that might have seemed like fads planted some radical ideas into the heads of those who grew up under their influence, and nothing has been quite the same since.

Punk made it very clear that we could do everything ourselves, and purpose should be at least as important as profit. Pirates, like offshore radio DJs, create periods of chaos and anarchy, but improve things for  the rest of us by doing so. The millions of us who remix video games, music, films, and fashion designs are expanding and improving on those industries, forcing those who make the laws to reexamine how we treat intellectual property. The new breed of street artists seeking to enhance our surroundings as opposed to vandalizing them act in the public interest, if only unintentionally, by counteracting the advertising cluttering public spaces. Thanks to the influence of 1960s and ’70s counterculture, and the rave revolutionaries of the ’80s and ’90s, the dream of creating an all-powerful social machine has been realized in the personal computer. Open-source technology has proved to be just as effective as—and in many cases more effective than—free-market competition or government regulation when it comes to generating money, efficiency, creativity, and social progress. Hip-hop was born out of a desire to improve society for a marginalized few, but because of its ability to communicate so effectively, now has the potential to improve it for the marginalized many. And just as mass culture thought it had figured out how to control and use youth cultures, they evolved again. Mass culture needs to learn from the ways youth cultures behave and think, not just use them for their good looks.

Maybe this will all be a mute point in 700 years when we have Wall-E cleaning up after us. Or will it – it seems that eveyone is recycling ideas. BTW, this find is interesting especially in light of an article out of the Chronicle talking about textbook piracy – like it or not, it seems that information will always want to be free. Edit: There is an updated resource regarding textbook piracy here.

AUCC on C-61

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By , June 27, 2008 12:52 pm

AUCC has released (a while ago though) its position on the new legislation.

Copyright in Canada Resources

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By , June 23, 2008 3:44 pm

Appropriate Art has quite a resource regarding “copyright” in Canada – now that there may not be enforement of the new law, I feel that the quotes are justified. Part of me is seeing this as one more bit of evidence that corporations will be in control of far too many parts of society in the near future – Syndicate anyone?

Bad Rogers II & Copyright

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By , December 13, 2007 10:21 am

Well, it seems that Google isn’t overly happy with what Rogers did either when it plastered it’s own content on the Google search page. Between this and the new copyright bill, it seems that the Harper government is leading Canada down a cloning road to match the conditions in the US.

Thankfully, the copyright bill has been delayed. If you want an interesting take on the later situation, check out Search Engine (podcast).

Le Devoir – Personal Piracy Permitted (in Canada)

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By , November 11, 2007 5:59 pm

Hat tip to Wade

According to the paper (translated):

… the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) had given up for several months, was told Le Devoir. It now closes its eyes to this type of criminal behavior.

“Piracy [music over the Internet or other media] for personal use is no longer targeted,” said in an interview Christmas Hilaire, head of the federal investigations and questions of copyright theft at the RCMP. “Today it is so easy to copy. Everybody was taken by surprise and we do not know how to stop it. “

In this context, where the illegal downloading of music, usually in MP3 format, has become an overall pattern in society, especially among young Internet users, the RCMP says that the tracking of this type of thief does not appear in ” [his] priorities. “ “It addresses mainly to crimes against intellectual property, which have an impact on the health and safety of consumers [medicines, electrical appliances, and so on.], But also those related to organized crime, said St-Hilaire. Our plate is pretty full with that…

So where does that leave us… well I think it’s a good thing for schools to be able to remix works for educational uses – by extension of personal use… but I can just see what is going to happen with the American creators and distributors… We’d better get some asbestos suits and chain mail… I think they are going to be coming with torches and pitchforks.

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