Posts Tagged ‘free culture’

Michael Geist: A question of values

March 12th, 2012

With Bill C-11, the Copyright Modernization Act, on its way to clause by clause review Canadians have a chance to think about what values they want copyright to reflect. Canadians are being bombarded with a dizzying array of information about amendments that have been proposed including amendments related to enablement, statutory damages, TPMs and fair dealing. Much of the information is inaccurate and emotionally super-charged to garner as much visceral reaction as possible. A significant portion of it originates from Internet activist Michael Geist and is repeated throughout the blogosphere and in the traditional news media, usually with no attempt at analysis.

“A robust ­copyright regime would ­permit market ­forces to operate properly”

May 11th, 2010

Anti-copyright advocates often argue that protecting copyright is about protecting “old business models”.  The subtext is that property rights and market forces are “old school”. The “new business models” are giving things away, or letting them be taken for free, and having to compete with your own property to stay in business. 

Danielle Parr takes a swipe at this “free culture” creed in her op-ed today in the National Post, Time to tackle video-game piracy. She argues forcefully that digital piracy undermines markets, jobs, and consumer choice and that a robust copyright regime is necessary to enable markets to operate properly.