Are Canadian Politicians Finally Recogizing There's More Than One Side To Copyright?

from the that-would-be-nice dept

In each of the past few years, facing tremendous pressure from US entertainment industry interests (backed up with blatant lies about the supposed "situation" in Canada), Canadian politicians have introduced draconian copyright reform designed to benefit those Hollywood interests. Luckily the outcry against such rules has been great, and have stopped such bad legislation from getting anywhere. However, there may actually be hope that this year's crop of politicians aren't quite so enamored by the myths Hollywood spread. Michael Geist reports from a recent digital economy conference in Canada where two of the speakers -- the Industry Minister and the Heritage Minister seemed to take a much more reasoned view to these issues. Of particular interest was the talk by Heritage Minister James Moore, seen below. It's only about 5 min long, but the good part starts around 3 minutes:
Here's a quick transcript:
The average age of a Member of Parliament is 55. And I point that out, only to underline the fact that the average Canadian watches about 26 hours of television a week. Those under the age 25, it's about 12 hours a week. But they're consuming more media than ever before. But, they're consuming it where they want it on their iPhones and on their Blackberries and on their PVRs and on their laptops. And they're doing it through mechanisms that didn't exist.

And you'd be surprised the number of Members of Parliament who have never held an iPhone, who couldn't tell you, functionally, how a Blackberry works and have no idea how these things integrate. And when you ask the average member of Parliament "How do you consume your music?" They'll say "well, maybe I'll go out and buy a CD and drop it in the thing or maybe I'll hear something on the radio on the way" and you say "How do you watch movies" and they'll say "Well, I'll go out to the theater when I have the time on a Friday night or maybe rent a DVD at home" and you say "How do you listen to radio or get your news?" and they'll say "Well, I'll sit at 6 o'clock after the meal, finish a steak and watch the news, or get the paper in the morning."

The old way of doing things is over. These things are all now one. And it's great and it's never been better and we need to be enthusiastic and embrace these things.

I point out the average age of a member of parliament because don't assume that those who are making the decisions and who are driving the debate understand all the dynamics that are at play here. Don't assume that everybody understands the opportunities that are at play here and how great this can be for Canada. Tony is doing his job and I'm going to do my job and be a cheerleader and push this and to fight for the right balance as we go forward. The opportunities are unbelievable and unparalleled in human history.
It's great to see some politicians at least having a sense of the opportunity, rather than the "threat" posted by new technologies. Hopefully he can back those statements up when the time comes.


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    teknosapien, Jun 25th, 2009 @ 5:53pm

    Who gave him

    a $1.00 to buy the clue with

    this seems kind of too good to be true

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Jun 25th, 2009 @ 5:57pm

    Politicians?

    There's *A* politician who recognizes the fact. It's a start, anyways.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 25th, 2009 @ 6:22pm

    These are the same type of politicians you have claimed over and over again are brainwashed by the canadian music industry.

    Gee.

     

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      Fiercedeity (profile), Jun 25th, 2009 @ 6:36pm

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      So you are saying that the majority of politicians worldwide share Heritage Minister James Moore's views and excitement about technology and copyright?

      James himself cautions us by saying that we shouldn't assume those that make the decisions in parliament are informed.

       

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      mechwarrior, Jun 25th, 2009 @ 6:55pm

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      I cant make heads or tales of what you're trying to say...

       

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      Mike Masnick (profile), Jun 25th, 2009 @ 7:15pm

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      These are the same type of politicians you have claimed over and over again are brainwashed by the canadian music industry.

      Really? Can you point out where I ever suggested James Moore was brianwashed by the industry?

      Thanks.

      If not, I assume you'll retract your statement and admit you were wrong, right?

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Jun 25th, 2009 @ 7:46pm

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        http://techdirt.com/articles/20090624/1217025350.shtml

        Start there, and trace your way through the 101 links that will generate on your site off that page.

        Basically, do the grunt work you tell the rest of us to do all the time.

         

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          Mike Masnick (profile), Jun 25th, 2009 @ 8:11pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          Start there, and trace your way through the 101 links that will generate on your site off that page.

          Uh. Nowhere have I claimed that Canadian politicians are "brainwashed" and even if some were in the pocket of the industry, nowhere have I ever said that Moore was.

          Nice try, but really, really weak.

          But, I guess you're running out of material now that you're just outright making stuff up these days.

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Jun 25th, 2009 @ 8:35pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            "As expected, Canadian politicians have introduced a much stricter anti-camcording bill that will include jail time (two to five years) for those caught camcording. Michael Geist notes that the bill is on the "fast track" and may not even have any debate before being approved. This seems clearly a case of politicians bowing down to corporate interests (even those outside their own country). No, there's no defense for camcording a movie"

            http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20070604/article_main.php?sid=20070604/010717

            Not brainwashed, but I found this nice reference within minutes.

            Mike, if you never used the term brainwashed, I apoligize for that choice of words. But you have made it very clear (even in the opening comments of this post) that Canadian politicians have given in to pressure over and over again.

            Honestly, you fire wide and randomly all over the place,it is hard to keep track of who you think is brainwashed, who you think is a lackey, and who you think is in who's pocket.

             

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              Mike (profile), Jun 25th, 2009 @ 11:48pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

              Mike, if you never used the term brainwashed, I apoligize for that choice of words. But you have made it very clear (even in the opening comments of this post) that Canadian politicians have given in to pressure over and over again.

              Um, they have, as a group, given in to pressure over and over again. That's why it's NOTEWORTHY that a few of them seem to be pushing back. That's the story.

               

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                Enrico Suarve, Jun 26th, 2009 @ 1:42am

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                It's OK you're not crazy - I think most of the rest of us understood it quite easily:

                Canadian politicians (as a group) have passed some dumb laws (as have US, UK, French.....) but individually there are signs that some of them 'get it'

                The fact that at least one of them who 'gets it' is not just a politican but a minister is heartening indeed - perhaps he might even help repeal the blank CD tax

                Apparently you can lead some people to water, but you can't make 'em think - I blame FOX 'News'

                 

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                Anonymous Coward, Jun 26th, 2009 @ 5:24am

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                Not really noteworthy - the conservative government in Canada is a minority government that has almost fallen again this spring, for the second or third time in the last 4 years. Each fall leads to another election.

                As a result, the politicians are almost constantly in election mode. At this point, an agreement was made not to make the government fall last month (would have led to a mid-summer election that none of them want), but it is likely the government will get dragged down in the fall.

                "new technology" and "new ideas" doesn't mean repealing any of copyright - in fact, in Canada it usually means creating a committee (in this case a pan canadian intergovernmental board) to look at new ideas, come up with framework for those new ideas, and then in the end, to award licenses to exploit those new ideas to the existing monopoly information providers.

                Getting it or not getting it really isn't the point - all the nice words are there to make it sound like something is going on, but nothing really is. Remember, our conversion to HDtv isn't until 2011!

                 

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      Anonymous Coward, Jun 26th, 2009 @ 12:24pm

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      You mean the ones James Moore was talking about that have never used an iPhone? Definitely.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 25th, 2009 @ 8:09pm

    Still don't trust the Conservatives. These are the people who passed a law that sends someone to jail for 2 YEARS MIN. for taping a movie in the theatre. Whatever your feeling about this is, you certainly can't argue that this punishment is fitting. In Canada, sex offenders could serve one year, even less in some cases. The NDP is the only party ready to take on the challenges of the digital age. They are the only ones who stand up for consumer rights and what is fair. The Liberals and the Conservatives are dinosaurs.

     

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    XauriEL, Jun 26th, 2009 @ 12:17am

    Learn to read

    some people need to

    that is all.

     

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    Jesse, Jun 26th, 2009 @ 12:27am

    I'm told he went to my high school.

     

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    JP_Fife, Jun 26th, 2009 @ 1:20am

    Politicians wanting balance? Is there an election coming up?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 26th, 2009 @ 6:52am

    I have to ask who is the junior speech writer who wrote this for him. Maybe they should be in politics or hopefully they soon will be.

     

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    VRP, Jun 27th, 2009 @ 8:59am

    Back to the article

    How's the over 50 crowd suppose to get clued-in? Not all of us have 10-year olds at home to teach us. And besides, do we want to invest time to learn some new technology that's going to be history in 3 to 6 months anyway? (To emphasize short time spans of any new technologies these days.)

    VRP

     

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