For those of you who are members of the CLC and interested in media activism, I thought I'd bring your attention to upcoming working groups that the CLC is setting up to address their position on intellectual property: http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/3671/125/
Private patents are being awarded for public research. Copyright is being used as a monopoly tool by media and technology corporations. Anti-circumvention legislation allows private tech firms to make their own arbitrary laws about how citizens use computers, digital video cameras, sound recording equipment, and other tools.
For these reasons I urge concerned workers to talk to their unions about the upcoming CLC consultation and make sure that the CLC adopts a progressive copyright policy.
The film follows Girl Talk, a hip hop dj, acknowledged by many as a ‘lawsuit waiting to happen’ due to his famous mash-ups. His story demonstrates copyright law’s original purpose of artist protection and its dominant incarnation today as a money-making tool for corporations. RiP asks us to consider a balance between artistic inspiration, sharing within a community and copyright protection.