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Hmm...And C-60 benefits whom??

Those interested in the bill could have saved themselves a lot of time by watching the CBC's coverage of the story last night. While I made it into the piece, more noteworthy was Graham Henderson of CRIA delight at the bill's introduction contrasted with an actual artist, the Barenaked Ladies' Steven Page, who expressed doubt as to whether the bill would actual benefit artists rather than just multinational corporations.

Most telling, however, was the appearance of Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla. The Minister picked her photo-op to discuss the bill. She didn't pick a library or a school or a university lab or the National Arts Centre or any other place that would tie copyright to the concerns of Canadians. No, she did her interview from an HMV, the foreign-owned record store. That is the proverbial picture telling a thousand words about Bill C-60.
michael geist
Geist also has a post on the new amendments' effects on ISPs which are not insignficant.

On reflection the saddest part of C-60 is just how utterly predictable and rather pointless it all is. Literally, the amendments are solving yesterday's problems tomorrow. The only stakeholders whose concerns are recognized are corporate copyright holders. The only technology which is addressed is the earliest versions of P2P.

The effect of the amendments will be to habituate a generation of music fans to breaking a law which has no relevance to how they actually function on the net.

Here is the thing: for kids under ten the internet is no a "telecommunications device", it's a toaster. An appliance. They simply have no conception that there were ever computers which did not hook up to Google. Such an idea is as crazy as a rotary dial phone or a manual typewriter: a quaint relic of an age before time. Which means they are entirely comfortable with digitial information and tend to see all digital information as the same. Playing a CD on the computer, watching a DVD on the computer or watching a TV show on the hard drive are simply things you can do with your computer.

What the federal government had the opportunity to do with C-60 is to move copyright law into the digital world where those kids live. Instead it opted for a world where you buy digital products at a store. Essentially an industrial age view.

The Liberals faced with a chance to transform copyright for a post industrial age have decided to pretend that industrial concepts still apply. Which simply dooms the entire copyright idea to irrelevance.