This is where it starts to get really interesting in the copyright debates (still waiting for some sort of legislation on that, btw). The initial craziness of give me fair copyright or give me death, don't tread on my iPod, etc. has passed, and we begin to see more and more folks having a think about all the issues. Which brings us here:
A Senior VP for Best Buy Canada speaks out against the as-yet-unseen legislation in an op-ed in the Vancouver Sun. I quote:
We welcome the emerging debate on copyright reform. The recent federal government decision to delay tabling its new copyright bill is encouraging, if it means that consumers' concerns will be taken into account.
Although copyright law is a useful incentive for creators, it also inevitably grants monopoly rights and extensive marketplace intervention. Therefore, rights conferred on copyright owners must be carefully limited and counterbalanced.
He also has a heartwarming point about not stifling childrens' creativity. I just want to go to my nearest Best Buy and hug someone. I mean, won't someone please think of the children, our little electronics consumers of the future...
Hey, wait a second... according to many of the comments on the Fair Copyright Facebook group, we are engaged in an historic battle against the influence of large corporations, especially American corporate interests with front men in Canada. Isn't Best Buy an American corporation? OMG! WTF?
I'm so glad the fight for freedom and democracy can detour through the huge-screen TV department, because they always have comfy couches in there.
Then there's this -- Vue Weekly, "Edmonton's 100% Independent News & Entertainment Weekly" has published an opinion piece by fiercely independent Steven Sandor, who decries the presence on the Fair Copyright group of, as he puts it " a bunch of yahoos who have signed on in the hopes of having an unregulated internet."
...it’s interesting that many of the people who have shown support for Geist’s arguments and signed on to the Facebook site don’t come close to getting the point. While Geist points out flaws in the legislation, he’s not anti-copyright protection. But, once you read the posts on his Facebook group, you can see that his ideas have been co-opted by people who don’t think they should ever have to pay for anything. The site is now filled with posts from people arguing that no copyright law at all is needed.
Wait a second... aren't us hip, cool independent thinkers all supposed to be happy that our government backed away from new Canadian legislation on copyright? Why is this Sandor dude killing our buzz?
Pretty soon we'll need a program to tell us where everyone stands on this thing.