Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Future of Reputation

The Future of Reputation by Daniel L. Solove, Yale University Press (2007)

This is an interesting US centric read, released on the net with CC licence. I personally have thought through some of these issues but more thinking never hurt anyone, as these issues become core issues of the Digital Age. With our copyright law up for reform (RSN) and it being one of my pet subjects, a law like that imposing property law concepts onto almost everything done on the Internet, has impact on many ordinary things. As some have said, Copyright has become sexy.

Such a framing legislation, can be "the" or "a" Digital Age 'Constitutional' document, giving and taking rights to and from people. This is a core Generation Y issue, that the youth appear to get, whereas the aging boomers, and those not so technologically plugged in, got surprised. No surprise now: copyright law matters to many more than just "professional" publishers and artists. Everyone can be an artist now (so you don't like my writing 'arts', Ctl "L" and swoop somewhere else ... for brain food! Sorry for the browser tip ... )

Here is the book's TOC:

Chapter 1. Introduction: When Poop Goes Primetime


Chapter 2. How the Free Flow of Information Liberates and Constrains Us

Chapter 3. Gossip and the Virtues of Knowing Less

Chapter 4. Shaming and the Digital Scarlet Letter


Chapter 5. The Role of Law

Chapter 6. Free Speech, Anonymity, and Accountability

Chapter 7. Privacy in an Overexposed World

Chapter 8. Conclusion: The Future of Reputation

Notes & Index

In relation to "our" framework legislation, from the above come questions for us to consider from the experience of another country to these issues.

The intersection of privacy rights is subtle to copyright law and the interdiction of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada into the debate recently, indicates that there are more stakeholders than the organizations that use "Canadian" in them, that can represent companies that are foreign branch plant outfits, with the concern of "hiding" that nature while lobbying for preferred laws for their market access for their predominantly foreign authors and holders. You really need a score sheet to tell who is representing who, and the more light here shone on the situation the better, I believe.

Do you take the views of the Canadian Publishers' Council or the views of the Association of Canadian Publishers? Roy MacSkimming's book is an excellent read on this battle. Which one has members that appear entirely owned by foreigners with a branch plant executive? The story of the Canadian Recording Industry Association is more well known vs the Canadian Independent Record Production Association.

This is part of my "who own's who" theme running through my blog because I am 'born again' Canada first, cultural nationalist. I have to get over the label because I don't like labels. But that is what I am. Call me old fashioned but I prefer Canadian stories and Canadian efforts at artistic expression, deep, dark, puzzling, or even vulgar. For an anglophone, I love Quebec films with or without subtitles or formal translations. Every time I travel away and come home, there is no place like Canada to me. Dang CBC, CTV, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, La Presse, Whig Standard, sometimes. But its that news and our stories that matter most to me. So our art and the opportunities that that our small sectors matters very much to me, that they get heard and they get a fair shot, including a handout if its needed to jump start a strong domestically controlled cultural industry. If they don't get it here, where?

I can of course go on, at how the US developed their cultural industries, without any respect to the international rules we were following, till it was to their advantage, with the sly pervasive lobbying that has existed from the branch plant owners and foreign interests that most governments were made aware of to know exactly what was going on. We are a people liberal in listening to foreigners and some of us may get fooled some of the time. The Toronto Star appeared to take the bite here in my opinion but the Star can bite back at any time. Especially if fooled.

At this time, its better to leave this post with one thought:

Canada's Cultural Media:
if its not made here, where?

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