This is in the nature of an experiment, since I'm sitting in Hart House waiting for Michael and blogging on a BlackBerry, which certainly isn't an optimal input device for a Blog. I doubt if I'm going to be putting URLs or images in this post.
A full house and folks queued up waiting for rush tickets. The multimedia Flickr enhanced slide show has been running in best Beckman Centre fashion but much quieter. We are in Hart House after all.
As simon pointed out earlier today this is being live webcast and podcasted so you can point out any of my grosser misinterpretations.
Enough. Now for the main event.
Michael starts with the Samite Bulte's fundraising event 4 days before the Election, and his reaction on his blog, picked up by the MSM. He's run through the coverage on the blogosphere and has just screened a video of an all candidates meeting with Bulte being asked whether she would take the Copyright pledge.
New voices in the blogosphere.
75,000 new blogs a day are being launched.
He's demonstrating blogger.com and RSS feeds.
The medium of blogs has spawned new types of creativity.
Fanfiction. The Creative Archive License Group.
Creative Commons and the initiatives of Larry Lessig now has 50 million works licensed.
Knowledge sharing. He starts with Wikipedia and a million articles. Its a global phenomenon. Wikibooks. Public Library of Science. The Internet Archive. Google Scholar and Google Books. A 21st century card catalogue.
Open source collaboration – we haven't seen anything yet. While print media may be declining, online services from MSM are burgeoning.
Forbes.com has outpaced the Wsj the FT and Fortune combined because it sees itself as in the Ad business.
The market formed by the Long Tail.
Irwin Law's launching of In the public interest, Michael's edited essays from late last year.
CBS offering podcasts of radio soap operas. Youtube offering clips of basketballs. Videogaming – the Ontario government has just annoUnced tax credits for game production.
Music is in decline. Walmart is the leading seller of music in North America. Indie labels haven't declined.
The developments have been phenomenal.
There are new stakeholders. Copyright matters.
Michael gives a potted history of copyright. 1921, 1988 and 1993. He's losing his audience at this speed, though its just extreme truncation 2002 and the Icrave TV debacle.
New communities of stakeholders seeking a balanced approach to copyright. He quotes the Supremes in Theberge. Lucy Maud Montgomery Copyright Term Extension Act didn't pass.
Bulte took a very old stakeholder rights holder perspective.
The consultation was skewed in favour of established interests.
The effects of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Chilling effects on innovation and competition Australia has just released a report which recommends 37 exceptions to address innovation privacy and competition concerns.
There is another choice.
Wipo implementation in a Canadian manner. Interpret fair dealing in a broad way. Use must be fair. We can choose access to knowledge with a national digital library in 5 years for less than the Canadian Heritage currently spends.
Crown copyright should be abolished. Its indefensible.
We can choose free speech. We can choose privacy. Sony case shows that we sign away our privacy.
We can choose innovation and the freedom to tinker. Protection from digital rights management. Governement funding should require research to be open access. 3 weeks of radio access in Australia and Norway.
We can choose culture by freezing copyright terms. Creators don't care. The Disney Corporation cares.
We can choose balance. Between creators and users.
Who owns our creativity? We do. Its our choice. Choose wisely.