Today was Remembrance Day. Normally we do the cenotaph thing with our kids; this must be the first year we’ve missed. I’ll guarantee, though, that my Grandfather was there.
Canada is soliciting input from Canadians regarding changing copyright laws. Big Media’s voice is being heard. Is yours?
My family creates copyrightable material: stories, poetry, songs and recordings thereof. With liberal copyright options (such as Creative Commons — http://creativecommons.ca/) our creations can be consumed widely whilst appropriately attributing the works to us. That’s much more useful than “all-or-nothing” laws.
We also have many friends and associates in formal arts and entertainment industries. The various attempts by Canada to deal with modern realities have only benefitted corporations and lobbyists, not artists. We have an opportunity to do something truly different, and liberalise Canada’s copyright laws. We could defy the powerful corporate slaveowners that offer chains masquerading as contracts.
We cannot stop piracy; it would be a
neverending war that will never end. The only benefit is to keep citizens in fear, artists broke and bureaucrats employed. It is absolutely not worth it.
What follows is a letter written and sponsored by the Canadian Coalition for Electronic Rights. That’s the letter that you’d be encouraged to send by clicking the banner above.