You can see by the comment stream for the posting below this one (145 comments and counting) that since the introduction of the copyright reform Bill C-61, opinions have not drawn much closer together on this topic. Discussion is good and necessary, though I often despair that so much of it is so radicalized and skewed.
Thanks then to Giuseppina D'Agostino, an assistant professor at Osgoode Hall Law School for her reasoned and balanced response to C-61, published today in the Toronto Star. Read the full op-ed at the link above, and here are some highlights I'm fond of:
Canadians should welcome C-61 as an opportunity to engage in a fuller and more informed debate, something that of late has been absent.
A range of stakeholders should come to the table in good faith and spell out clear guidelines, as signalled already by a key 2004 Supreme Court decision on photocopying practices. Avoid litigation. Encourage best practice.
...We need to think beyond our iPods and sound bites. Our current copyright framework is not working. We need to fix it.
And for those who worry that any words of welcome for C-61 indicate little more than acquiescence to corporate (American) puppet masters, I have consulted with Ms. D'Agostino a number of times, and never noticed any strings attached.