Last week in Ottawa, Charlie Angus introduced a private member's bill proposing changes to the Copyright Act. The proposed changes include a levy on iPod (and similar digital devices) to provide a new revenue stream to creators, and an expansion of fair dealing. Since its introduction last month an open letter has been circulating supporting the proposed changes to fair dealing. I have been reading and following some of the commentary and share the following thoughts.
We are really pleased to announce that we will be co-hosting with ECUAD and W2 a screening of this PBS documentary film Copyright Criminals. On April 18th at 7pm join us at W2 for a screening followed by a q&a with the producer Kembrew McLeod. Among other things Kembrew writes about copyright at least as coherently and with a good deal more wit than many. His knowledge of music and musical cultures especially oral traditions and hip-hop are demonstrated in this film
With rumours of possible copyright changes in Canada coming with the Throne Speech in March I thought it a good idea to connect us with Lawrence Lessig's upcoming Wireside Chat. The Chat will be live streamed to W2 in Vancouver on February 25th at 3 pm pst. Check out the attached poster for all the info.