CRTC & Piracy stuff

Posted January 28, 2010 by Jim le Cartoon
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-Thursday, January 28, 2010. It’s like =25˚F/-4˚C and snowing lightly in Arnprior.

-The CRTC is asking for input from anybody who has anything to say about what they want the CRTC to focus on as they re-write their licensing policies etc. They’ve asked people to contact them through their web site, email, or regular mail.

-Okay, after being subject to too many confusing ads on Broadcast TV channels and just as confusing ads on Cable by cable providers I don’t know who’s advocating what. Everybody says they’re in favour of supporting local programming, but the networks are shutting down local newsrooms and citing budgetary woes.  (I have to admit, the cable people did stop showing their ads when asked by the CRTC to stop confusing the issue. Broadcast channels, who received the same request, are still playing and apparently still producing new, and just as confusing, ads ) Recently, several local news programmes were shut down by City Teevee, including Winnipeg, the capital city of Manitoba. Then we hear that the City TV stations that are closing down their news rooms were bought by Rogers Cable. ….Like we weren’t confused enough about this to begin with.  Is there a good guy and/or a bad guy in this?

-So anyway, What would I tell the CRTC? Local Cable offices are shooting video at local events that network television stations would never consider newsworthy, or anything-worthy. You can’t watch your kids or grandchildren playing hockey or singing in a talent show on any of the network affiliates. We need these local cable television stations. I’m not completely certain what the regulations were or are in Canada concerning public access television, but I’ve been told there is no longer as strong a mandate to give local residents a voice or a place to exercise that voice. I’m not sure that the regulations in the US are still as strongly in favour of public access as they were in the 1990’s, but back then all cable providers had to, by law, provide public access channels to the communities they serve. In Bridgeport, Connecticut, for instance, CableVision of Southern Connecticut had a studio in which local cable access programmes could be produced, they gave lessons free to anybody who wanted to learn how to create/produce video for their local channels. -And they had three channels. One channel was just for local public access stuff, a second channel was ‘educational’ and a third channel was ‘government’ (which showed what was happening at the state legislature) ((One channel played a feed from NASA when there wasn’t anything happening, I don’t remember whether that was the Educational or the Government channel, but it was fun to watch the video from a shuttle or other satellite as the earth rolled by in slow motion, clouds and all.)) Part of the US Mandate stated that the local cable outlets had to accept just about anything they were handed, -they could not, for instance, refuse to air something on the basis that the producer or talent went into a tyrade using as many 4 letter words as he or she could fit into his or her hour or half hour programme. (((they could, and were encouraged to, refuse to air anything encouraging violence, or otherwise urge anyone to break any laws.)))

-Piracy.

-Member of Parliament Charly Angus (NDP, Timmins/James Bay, Ontario) was interviewed on a radio news programme last night (CBC). He said there was a closed door conference on Piracy going on in Mexico now, where representatives are trying to come up with a policy and/or suggestions for passing laws in Canada, Mexico and the US regarding Piracy issues.

-MP Angus said he was worried because the closed hearings, rather than writing policy that advocated going after big time piracy operations who make huge profits on CDs and DVDs, selling inferior products that look like the real thing, and getting no royalties at all to the artists who perform in their pirated music or actors, producers, directors etc, who act, produce, direct (etc.) in the movies they pirate… [the participants in this conference] were suggesting that laws be written and law enforcement officials be used to go after ‘perpetrators’ such as 12 year olds who, for instance,  put a grainy video of  themselves or their friends up on YouTube, where they might be dancing to recognizable copyrighted material without having paid the copyright holders and/or corporate entities any royalties for using that music.

-(((( While I was still in the USA, I was told that RIAA regulations were not in place to protect artists, quite the contrary, their focus was more on “protecting” corporate bottom lines. Record companies have notoriously fleeced artists they have under contract.))))

———Ack!

———{climbing down from soap box now, feeling self conscious and foolish…}

—————Jim

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