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In the latest issue of Quill & Quire, Canada's Magazine of Book News and Reviews, I have a guest opinion piece about the increasing ugliness of the copyright debate as Bill C-32 makes its way through committee.
I don't think the article is online, so anyone interested should pick up a copy of Quill & Quire at their local newsstand. And here's a teaser:
"Free culture as a theory has brought many wonderful ideas to the table. It has reminded us all of the rich and bountiful public domain. Creative Commons licensing has advanced the idea that copyright can permit as forcefully as it restricts. These are genuinely good things.
Less good for writers and publishers is the pressure to view permission as the right of the user rather than a privilege. Lately, any attempt by professional creators or rightsholders to control certain kinds of access is cast as a corporate lockdown of culture, and reasonable requests for compensation are shouted down as elitism and greed. The very idea of educational collective licensing is suddenly under attack. How dare writers and publishers expect to be paid just because a poor student reads their work for class? How dare we expect teachers and professors to actually track the use of content in their courses? How dare we set our own prices?"
Happy 2011 to everyone.
Quill & Quire receives grant support from a periodicals advisory panel administered through my office. The opinions expressed in the article are my own and do not reflect OAC policy. I did not pitch Quill & Quire, and was not paid to write the article.