A year after my appearance at the National Copyright Consultations - we continue to be stuck within the paradigms of the past. Thanks to some who continue to push me to work harder and challenge my thinking about the digital realms (thanks Mark Hosler, Lewis Hyde and Scott Nelson) I have come across something that I must repost in its part from Alan Toner's blog KnowFuture. I met Alan last year at the Open Video Alliance in NYC. I'd love to invite him to Vancouver to help us move the paradig
Last month the Government of Saskatchewan took a major leap forward beyond every other province by passing an Arts Profession Act. To implement the new legislation, the Government of Saskatchewan worked closely with industry associations to develop a comprehensive, tailored and needs-based educational and awareness strategy. The goal is to enhance contract knowledge and use among artists and those who hire, engage or contract their services.
Recently I have been receiving e-mails from my friends at Creative Commons. Apparently ASCAP in the US has written a fundraising letter to supporters that misstate the mission of Creative Commons. This is unfortunately all too common in an environment where copyright is presented as a war between factions (left and right, right and wrong). In response to this letter Lawrence Lessig said: