Archive for June 18th, 2008

Education and Library Groups Speak Out Against Bill C-61

The Canadian Library Association (which calls the new consumer rights "smoke and mirrors"), CAUT ("the effective end of fair dealing"), Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences ("not good news for the education and research communities"), and the Canadian Federation of Students ("bill was tabled this summer without any […]

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June 18, 2008 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

SAC Disappointed that Bill Closes Door on Monetizing P2P

The Songwriters Association of Canada has released their first view of Bill C-61, expressing support that a bill has been tabled but disappointment that the legislation seems to close the door on their efforts to legalize P2P.

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June 18, 2008 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

deBeer Takes Copyright Questions

My colleague Jeremy deBeer did a terrific job answering questions about Bill C-61 at the Globe and Mail today. The transcript is definitely worth a read.

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A Week in the Life of the Canadian DMCA: Part Three

The week in the life of the Canadian DMCA continues (day one, day two) with Josee.

In the morning, Josee teaches a class on media in the digital world.  The class is conducted in a distance-learning classroom and includes both her students and students from a school in Edmonton using Alberta's SuperNet network.  This is the second year that she has run the course and she is using the same lessons, which include extensive copies of articles for course materials.  In the afternoon, Josee teaches a communications class, making use of a website that features a copyright and an “all rights reserved” notice.  A student in the class presents a research assignment that features short excerpts from a DVD copy of the movie Broadcast News and passages that are cut-and-pasted from an electronic book that contains a digital lock.  Josee is a big Calgary Flames fan.  The Flames are playing that night with the game broadcast on pay-per-view.  Josee has a dinner commitment, but decides to buy the game and record it with her PVR to watch when she gets home.

If Industry Minister Jim Prentice’s Bill C-61 becomes law, all of these copying activities arguably violate the law.

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June 18, 2008 Comments are Disabled Stop CDMCA

A Week in the Life of the Canadian DMCA: Part Three

The week in the life of the Canadian DMCA continues (day one, day two) with Josee.

In the morning, Josee teaches a class on media in the digital world.  The class is conducted in a distance-learning classroom and includes both her students and students from a school in Edmonton using Alberta's SuperNet network.  This is the second year that she has run the course and she is using the same lessons, which include extensive copies of articles for course materials.  In the afternoon, Josee teaches a communications class, making use of a website that features a copyright and an “all rights reserved” notice.  A student in the class presents a research assignment that features short excerpts from a DVD copy of the movie Broadcast News and passages that are cut-and-pasted from an electronic book that contains a digital lock.  Josee is a big Calgary Flames fan.  The Flames are playing that night with the game broadcast on pay-per-view.  Josee has a dinner commitment, but decides to buy the game and record it with her PVR to watch when she gets home.

If Industry Minister Jim Prentice’s Bill C-61 becomes law, all of these copying activities arguably violate the law.

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