Reflecting on all the copyright craziness that has happened in the last week or so, I despaired over the weekend that this ongoing, neverending issue looks as though it will be resolved not according to what is good and right for all parties, but according to which argument gets the best press and therefore threatens the current government the most.
We've got corporate rights-holders on one side -- too often and too regrettably represented by the extreme maximalist argument. Also known as the "stodgy old folks with impaired vision" and "folks who have invested heavily in Canadian culture." They're working their networks, sending their message to Ottawa.
We've got the user rights and consumer advocates on the other side -- too often and too regrettably represented by the extreme minimalist argument. Also known as "the people," and "kids these days." They're recruiting nervous rock stars and following a red-sashed, swashbuckling Michael Geist to the barricades.
In the middle we have traditional creators wondering why everyone can't just get along. We tend to say "it's a bit more complicated than that," far too often, and with our heads swiveling from side to side. We get called greedy a lot, from both sides, but we're used to that from the also ongoing and never-ending arts-funding debates.
Well, a voice of reason has arisen. Chris Moore over at the Creators Copyright Coalition blog thinks it might be time for the ultimate in Canadian solutions -- a royal commission.
I officially endorse this idea.
Enough shouting. No more flash mobs invading parties, no more half-formed accusations of influence peddling. Let's get some sandwiches and muffins, and sit down in public until we work this damn thing out.