Ego alert: Me on TVO’s The Agenda

One of the reasons I’ve got my knickers in a twist over copyright and fair use — see my two previous posts on Lane Hartwell and her photo (and be sure to read all 100 or so comments) — is that I’ve been thinking a lot about it, in part because I was on a panel on TV Ontario the other day discussing just that issue. On the panel with me were Michael Geist, a professor of law at the University of Ottawa and strong critic of the government’s proposed copyright legislation; Rob Thompson, a correspondent for Billboard magazine; and David Basskin, legal counsel for the Canadian Music Publishers Association.

We talked about how the legislation was (or wasn’t) pulled from the order paper as a result of the work Michael did in setting up a Facebook group — which now has more than 20,000 members — in opposition to a Canadian DMCA, and we also talked about the principles of fair use, which in Canada are covered by an exemption for “fair dealing.” Our exemptions are more restrictive than under U.S. law, which could be why I’m so concerned about the issue. Please read my previous posts for more on this subject. The video of the panel is here, (click the tab that says “Copyright and Intellectual Property”) or you can click the image below.


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6 thoughts on “Ego alert: Me on TVO’s The Agenda

  1. Wow – I gotta' say, those of the 'opposing side' certainly came out swinging. The industry lawyer seems to have quite the gift of the gab. That said, they both seemed to trot out the fallacy that those who support fair use are somehow opposed to creator compensation (“why should entertainers work for free?”). It seems to me that fair use and stipulations in any potential DMCA-style legislation for parody etc. are also part of a sustainable business model. If they would like to institute rules that say I have to buy 2 copies of a movie – one to watch on TV, the other for me PSP or iPod – they can go right ahead. I'm sure they'll make billions in their efforts to 'adequately compensate artists'. What they didn't seem to mention was the potential obsolescence of artistic middle men when the internet provides the distribution network.

    Anyway, good on ya' Mathew… and who knew you were such a handsome fella'? 😀

  2. Mathew: Please…. New Year's Resolution for 08, don't be so bashful about your press appearances. I don't want to see “ego alert” in a headline ever again. Peace, love, and happiness, Eric

  3. Mathew: Please…. New Year's Resolution for 08, don't be so bashful about your press appearances. I don't want to see “ego alert” in a headline ever again. Peace, love, and happiness, Eric

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