On Tue, 2009-10-27 at 17:10 +0000, Andrew Turvey wrote:

> - SIon Simon, another politician present, mentioned that the copyright
> debate is highly polarised between the industry and free copyright
> advocates, both sides are deaf to the other and they need to engage.
> Despite this the discussions on copyright have been largely one sided,
> unbalanced, with some fairly extreme language used - "copyright
> warriors", "green ink brigade". "a generation of stealing" etc.

That's a complete and utter misrepresentation of the other side. It's a
random representation from some file-sharer or other. He has obviously
made absolutely any effort to talk to the other side. If you get the
chance, suggest he talk to Richard Stallman, in fact, urge him to do so.

I've been following the Pirate Party mailing list the past few days.
They don't want the abolition of copyright; they've read what RMS has to
say on the topic, and their interest is more in seeing a complete
reevaluation of copyright in the context of it being a social contract.
Not just rights granted to a copyright holder by society, but
responsibilities that come with them - like not just letting things
enter the public domain when copyright expires, put actually taking the
time to put them out there, freely available.

Creative works are, collectively, our cultural heritage; with regard to
music, the vast majority creating it see little to no financial reward
for doing so. The 'industry', on the other hand, has a long and shameful
history of assuming they have a right to be paid over and over and over
again for exactly the same piece of work.

Brian McNeil <brian.mcn...@wikinewsie.org>

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