Posts Tagged ‘Bill C-11’
Our government is in the midst of making a law called Bill C-11, the “Copyright Modernization Act”, which will have serious consequences to all of us. But I’m wondering: how many of us actually understand what it is all about?
All the Canadians who responded to the government’s copyright consultation have some idea of the importance of the issue. The people who read Michael Geist, Russell McOrmond’s Digital Copyright Canada, ZeroPaid, p2pnet, itworld, Tech Dirt or Boing Boing will know something about it. If you make a living from one of Canada’s many copyright collectives or from the mainstream CRIA, RIAA or MPAA — you’ll probably know the company line and will have some understanding of what its all about. There are even some creators — the people who create the work that is “protected” by copyright — who understand the issues.
But I’m wondering if most Canadians are tired of hearing about copyright law it, or because they have no idea what it’s really about. This matters because the changes to Canada’s copyright law will effect the lives of every Canadian, not just those involved in the copyright industry.
You may recall reading how much I hate polls. But the polls I hate are those used as marketing rather than for information gathering. I want to gather information for that last few posts I will be writing before the government passes Bill C-11. And a poll seems the best way to proceed. I’m putting polls anywhere I can to find out if my assumption that most Canadians have been left out of the loop is correct. So I hope you’ll help me out here by answer my three little questions. And by the weekend I’ll write an article incorporating the results.
And now you can listen to Jesse Brown’s Audio Podcast #127: Digital Locks have Nothing to do with Copyright
I was supposed to be working on self publishing today but if I can help stop C-11…
Peter Nowack in the Globe and Mail asks Can Canada’s flawed copyright bill be stopped?
Gillian Shaw in the Vancouver Sun says Canadians protest: Don’t lock down the Internet
The Electronic Frontier Foundation warns: Don’t Let the U.S. Pressure Canada into Repeating The Same Mistakes
Citizens ask specific questions about Bill C-11 of our government but instead of rational answers receivenon responsive form letters that parrot propaganda
Michael Geist on HuffPo asks Canadians Speak Out Against Digital Locks. But Who’s Listening?
Howard Knopf posted his full comments from last week’s Global interview in Excess Copyright
OpenMedia has a protest form that you can fill out but WordPress.com doesn’t allow iFrames so I can’t embed it here, although I did post it on my family website. Alternatively you can visit OpenMedia to protest Canada’a Internet lockdown http://internetlockdown.
This is very important to me personally and professionally, because C11 (formerly known as C-32) will have a dire impacts on consumers and a creators.
Laurel L. Russwurm on Bill C-11
- Double Standard: Bill C-11
- Copyright Update: C-11 and ACTA
- Napster on Bill C-11
- Copyright and Sharing Music
- How about some Copyfraud Modernization?
- Promotional Material and Copyright ~ C11
- Bill C-11 ~ this week’s Links #copyright
- What to do about Bill C-11 ?
- Transcription: Jesse Brown’s “Digital Lockdown” Podcast
- What’s wrong with Bill C-11
- Copyright and Me
- Canadian Copyright should be made in Canada
- My Submission to The Legislative Committee on Bill C-32 (CC32)
- Canadian Copyright is a Canadian Affair
- Just under the wire: My Copycon Submission
- Canada don’t need no stinkin’ DMCA
You know, as a Canadian growing up north of the 49th parallel, I learned an awful lot about freedom of speech from American Movies. Films like
The Hollywood community knew all about censorship, you see. The Hollywood fight to prevent censorship from without by creating their own censorship in the form of the Hayes code is legendary. For decades film makers tried every ploy imaginable to sneak things past the Hays Office.
My own personal brush with industry self censorship was when I was working on Hot Shots and Night Heat, which were Canadian-American co-productions. I was never aware of any such directive from CTV, the Canadian network that ran the shows in prime time. But even though CBS ran the series’ as part of CBS Latenight (at a time when all the children ought to be asleep) although I don’t believe it was written down anywhere, I certainly recall the verbal ground rules we writers had to abide by. A 1 hour episode was allowed to contain as many as ten “hell”s and/or “damn”s, and one of either “bitch” or “bastard. All bets were off if a character could be legitimately talking about a female dog, or an ‘illegitimate’ child.
It always boiled down to the idea that self censorship would prevent externally imposed censorship. And films get banned in different places anyway, as can be seen from this Wikipedia list of banned films. (The most bizarre to me is the Manitoba ban on comedies.)
Free speech is something many Americans value in the extreme.
But it’s awfully hard to have either creative freedom or free speech if there is external censorship. The unique aspect of the proposed American SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) law isn’t that it allows the state to censor, it sounds as though it will allow anyone to censor anything. Some people think this is a good thing, because they will be able to stop the the free speech of others, speech they disagree with. Of course, they never realize that it can also be used to silence them.
If the American “Protect IP” or “SOPA” law passes by Christmas, as intended, the Internet as we know it will be over. I have to wonder, too, if the rush to get our Canadian DMCA, Bill C-31 passed by Christmas is connected.
The Irony, of course, is that all of this censorship, and all these repressive measures are being driven by Hollywood, the former champion of free speech.
This little (non-Hollywood) film explains it better than I can:
If you have video issues, you can watch the webm version here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/fftf-actionkit/Protect_IP_Act_Breaks_the_Internet.webm
You can also follow the grass roots Occupy Wall Street Movement all over the interwebs (at least until they get shut down) at http://www.ustream.tv/TheOther99
In solidarity with our American friends trying to convince their government not to break the Internet with IP Protect, I have also posted “Stop Censorship” on my personal blog, the StopUBB blog and my family website.
Canadians: tell our government not to pass Bill C-11, which will have much the same effect on Canada.