Do not pester the pirates

The analogy is not mine, it is Jean-Thomas Léveillé, vice-president of the Quebec Federation of Professional Journalists (FPJQ), he compared the media crisis to a delivery man who would keep the money for him alone. “It’s like having a restaurant and I have a delivery company and delivering your meals with all the income. You would say it’s theft. That’s it, it’s theft. ”
C ‘is short, but that’s it.

And I continue that if, unfortunately, the restorer should complain about it and claim his due to be able to continue to pay for food and those who cook, he would dryly rethink his business model.

Sink or swim.

Basically, it summarizes what is happening with the media that have been siphoning their income for years by the Facebook, Twitter and Google of this world, so much so that they are forced today to beg for help from the world. State, which prefers to extinguish fires rather than to fire those who lit them.

Go hackers, keep hacking.

Professor at the UQAM School of Media, Jean-Hugues Roy has calculated that in 2017, Facebook alone has sought $ 33.7 million in advertising revenues from content produced by the Quebec media, without paying a traitor black penny to produce said content.

Never have the media been so “consumed”, never have they made so little money to produce information.

The delivery man is dead laughing.

The restaurant is dying.

Strangely, royalty and copyright concepts that compensate for the production of just about any type of content do not apply to news producers, as if it were self-evident, as if what is right for music and literature was not for the media.

We should sing our headlines.

It would take political courage and the federal government does not have any, unable to put its foot down in front of the giants. We saw it with Netflix, which even received preferential treatment, an exemption from the sales tax, under the smoky pretext of not taxing Canadians any further.

The thing is possible, though. Last month, the French parliament passed a law creating a “neighboring right” that will have to pay those who enrich themselves with the content to those who produce it. France thus becomes the first country to legislate for a sharing of profits, it should be followed by other states, the directive from the European Union.

Canada is standing still. Justin Trudeau said Thursday he does not want a “solution to the piece” indicating that the subject would “certainly” addressed during the G7 held this weekend in Biarritz.

Trump is against, obviously.

The most frustrating thing in history is that the Canadian Copyright Act already protects, in theory, the content of the media, it is written in black on white on the Copibec site, which manages rights in Quebec. reproduction of the works. “Copyright belongs exclusively to the rights holder. An authorization is therefore necessary to reproduce, present or communicate a work such as a book, a newspaper or periodical article. ”

Authors receive a check each year from the Federal Public Lending Right (PLR) program, an amount to compensate readers for free access to their books in libraries.

For access to news on Facebook and Twitter, nothing.

It’s open bar.

And people are asking the question, all legitimate, why would I pay to read the newspaper while I can have everything for free? Because what gives value to the newspaper is not the paper, but what is written in it.

And that costs money.

I ask this question, “Why is it normal to pay Netflix for entertainment, but not a medium to inform us?”

I do not know what will emerge from the Quebec parliamentary commission that is looking at the future and the financing of the media these days, and I only hope that the taxpayer will not be the only one to hide. We must go and get the money we lose from those who take it.

Come on, let’s fight the pirates.

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