Two previous, and controversial, attempts to bring the copyright law into the digital age have died on the order paper, both because elections were called. Now the feds are starting a June consultation on copyright, scheduling December for the third new Act on copyright in the past few years. It’s not only important for downloading stuff from the web, but copyright is a thorny issue for new media. Every time I link to another site, for example, I should receive written permission from the original site to make the link, otherwise I am in breach of copyright. It demonstrates some of the difficulty of copyright in the digital age: a) there’s a culture against ownership, espoused primarily by youth who’ve never owned anything of significance, and b) the technology is so easy we just don’t take the time.
Billboard.biz, June 4 2009