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A longtime listener feels that I was disrespectful to Heritage Minister James Moore during our interview about his copyright bill. I don't think I agree...but I'm not sure.

It was definitely a testy exchange, but my feeling is it was the Minister who set the tone of things...

Eager for feedback from those who've heard this.
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Hmmm, I missed a few bits towards the end this morning while I listened (I had a noisy commute on the bus) so I'll have to go back and re-listen! From what I heard, you were both very animated and that the discussion was lively.
 
Honestly, the more I listen to Moore the more I feel he is either very evasive or has no real understanding of what he is talking about. You were certainly a lot more restrained than I would have been if I talked with him. You were more casual than what I would have seen on the evening news but when politicians evade questions then I think it is the role of journalists to start turning the screws. I think you did just that.
 
I'm sure Mr. Moore hadn't been looking forward to this interview. It seemed as if you had a long list of specific scenarios and questions you wanted to point out in a limited amount of time and maybe he interpreted this as you being aggressive. The interview was a bit fast-paced and it would have been better to have extended it to give more time to cover the material but I expect you didn't have that luxury. IMHO, because Mr. Moore is in a position of trying to explain why this bill is right for Canadians, he should be willing to engage in a details-focused discussion instead of restating "we have struck the right balance" each time he finds himself with a difficult question.

I was quite disappointed with Mr. Moore's responses around the digital locks. Bill C-11 and Mr. Moore's responses indicate that he has little interest in how this bill affects media produced in the past and those who have collected it (I'm thinking of DVDs and Enhanced CDs) . The market will be happy to provide a new format for me to re-purchase but only if there is enough demand for that particular work. I'm also wary of the future if this bill passes as I suspect it will shape how companies approach the use of digital locks.

If I were to take a cynical view of this, I think that the majority Conservatives have picked Mr. Moore as the guy to take the heat on this bill and they're going to do their best to make it law. The Conservatives don't seem to have much concern if aspects of the bill aren't reasonable.

I agree with +Adam Cox - you should be asking tough questions. Thanks for posting the interview.
 
I don't think it was disrespectful in the least. You asked fair questions and when he evaded you pressed him once or twice, but moved on eventually.

I did think the comments made by Minister Moore on digital locks and the free market were interesting . . . as was the minister's unwillingness to comment on the "destroy" provisions that will basically make scofflaws of every student in Canada.
 
Thanks for the input. I think it was my laughter that irked the listener- when Minister Moore suggested I was in line with the Pirate Party and I had a giggle.
 
You can sometimes come off as smug, but I didn't hear anything outrageous in this interview. I don't think it was a great idea to claim credit for the "Batman" post-- humour can be taken the wrong way in a tense conversation. I actually wonder if he hasn't connected the dots about digital locks trumping fair dealing. It would have been great if you had actually answered his rhetorical question about why anyone would want to break digital locks at the end, or even walked him through it earlier. I think you should have refuted his assertion that you desire an end to copyright altogether, unless that's actually true.
 
Do we need copyright? I love creative commons, but Minister Moore did have a point when he was talking about a band's song being used for a political ad. (Weren't the conservatives asked to take down an ad this past election, because the artist didn't want to be associated with them?)

Copyright for commercial use, creative commons for non-comercial?

But then, what is commercial?
 
I thought you treated him fairly. Minister Moore gives away his misunderstanding of 'free markets' and 'consumer choice' at about 16:45 when he describes his own thinking process when buying DVDs:

"when I go and buy a DVD, I look very closely to say: ' hey look, I want to have a digital copy of this so I can put it on my iPad, because I fly a lot.' If you're offering me a DVD, and it doesn't have a digital lock, not interested in your product."

He has gone so completely through the other side of the looking glass, he can't apply a rational consumer's perspective.
 
I listened to him interviewed by Gregor Craigie twice. The first time he promised no CBC cuts. The second time he arrogantly dismissed questions about why they were handed deeper cuts than other departments. He managed to intimidate Craigie. Respect would be wasted on this guy.
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