Cory Doctorow to speak about creativity and digital copyright tonight in Toronto

by Andrea Wahbe

image of Cory Doctorow - courtesy of the AGOEsteemed journalist, blogger, and BoingBoing co-editor Cory Doctorow is scheduled to speak at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) tonight in Toronto. Doctorow is an advocate of copyright reform in Canada. He believes that the government should reform “copyright policies in general, rather than just focusing on Internet policies.”

Doctorow’s argument is that despite all the censorship, digital locks, and warrantless surveillance and seizure, copyright infringement still goes on. As a result, artists continue to lose out.

While criticizing Heritage Minister David Moore’s reintroduction of Bill C-32, Doctorow will discuss whether we can design a copy-native, Internet-friendly copyright system? In doing so, he will attempt to answer the question: “can creativity and freedom peacefully co-exist in the Internet age?”

In his presentation, Doctorow will speak about:

  • Giving artists more control over their copyright. He will examine the impact that digital locks and copyright surveillance have on creative distribution rights.
  • Increasing liability for intermediaries. Doctorow argues that “the ‘YouTubes’ of the world need to be more responsible for copyright infringement.” Yet, at the same time, “creators need easy channels to create and distribute their work.” He will discuss both sides of this dilemma and examine what the implications are for having tougher laws on copyright infringement.
  • The copyright issue stems far beyond the arts and digital distribution. Doctorow says that “everything in the offline world has online components.” He argues that the debate should be more about copyright policies in general – rather than focusing on Internet policies alone.

If you want to take part in the conversation about this very important topic, you can catch Cory Doctorow tonight at 7pm at the Weston Family Learning Centre at the AGO. The event is free but is first come first served. So, get there early if you want to guarantee your seat.

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Andrea Wahbe

Andrea Wahbe

Andrea Wahbe is a freelance B2B marketing strategist and corporate storyteller who has contributed to the growth of online media businesses in Canada, such as AOL and Google. By day, Andrea writes about digital media and marketing trends and tips for Canadian startups and SMEs. By night, she’s an analog book reader, master swimmer and experimental chef.  more

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