Carolyn Wood, my publisher partner, spoke more on the business sides of the problem. Mr. Wallace and Mr. Tilson asked questions and I believe they were sympathetic.
Next I headed to parliament to hear the discussion of the bill. Wow. All the arguments seemed more to be about the digi locks that the educational exemption. The example of the mom who buys a dvd and wants to put it on her Ipod for her child to watch on a long trip was cited over and over. We don’t want to fine her 5 to 20 thou do we? Another problem that was discussed was Distance Education. According to discussions, after 30 days students are required to erase/destroy notes. This was like book burning, according to the MPs. Really. Can’t they just pay for the usage they actually need. Remember when we used to have to buy text books?
At the end, however, one politician whom Kelly Duffin had spoken too, actually suggested including the three step Berne test. Fair dealing won’t mean free chunks of our work then. Hurray for Kelly.
Was the trip a success? Yes, because we said what we wanted to. Just like writing books, you have to celebrate the effort and process. If things don’t go our way in the end, we know we did our utmost.