Archive for February 27th, 2008

Liberals Argue Prentice Should Step Aside on Copyright

The Liberals argued during Question Period today that Industry Minister Jim Prentice should step aside on the copyright file in light of Conservative Party infringement issue.  House Leader Peter Van Loan responded that the issue has been settled.

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Canadians Play a Lead Role in “Books 2.0”

My weekly technology law column (Vancouver Sun version, Ottawa Citizen version, Toronto Star version, homepage version) focuses on the emergence of new models of book publishing that might be described as "books 2.0." For example, Wikitravel, one of the Internet's most acclaimed travel web sites, was launched in 2003 by Montreal residents Evan Prodromou and Michele Ann Jenkins. Using the same wiki collaborative technology that has proven so successful for Wikipedia, the Wikitravel site invited travelers to post their comments and experiences about places around the world in an effort to build a community-generated travel guide.  In less than five years, the site has accumulated more than 30,000 online travel guides in eighteen languages, with over 10,000 editorial contributions each week.  The content is freely available under a Creative Commons license that allows the public to use, copy, or edit the guides. Building on Wikitravel's success, Prodromou and Jenkins recently established Wikitravel Press, which introduced its first two titles earlier this month.  Wikitravel Press represents a new approach to travel book publishing based on Internet collaborative tools and print-on-demand technologies that should capture the attention of the industry for several reasons.

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February 27, 2008 8 comments Columns

Prentice Faces Questions on Conservative Copyright Infringement

Industry Minister Jim Prentice faced questions yesterday (transcript, video) during Question Period about the allegations of copyright infringement by the Conservative Party.

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February 27, 2008 1 comment Must Reads

The Fair Copyright for Canada Toronto Chapter Meetup

Rob Hyndman reports on yesterday's meeting of the local Toronto chapter (which is approaching 500 members).

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