Archive for July 18th, 2008

Rogers Implements New Approach On Failed DNS Lookups

Several people have written to note that Rogers appears to have adopted a new approach for failed DNS lookups (ie. instances where the domain name does not resolve).  Users are now directed to a Rogers-sponsored page that includes links to Rogers content, paid search results, and additional search results generated […]

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July 18, 2008 203 comments News

61 Reforms to C-61, Day 20: TPMs – No Exception for Teaching

The "copyright balance" is a challenge that every country faces, yet the choices that each makes says a lot about which concerns are prioritized.  Bill C-61 says virtually nothing about the prospect that teachers may find themselves locked out of materials that they need for the classroom, a position that sends an unfortunate signal about where education ranks as a governmental priority.  The impact of anti-circumvention legislation has attracted significant criticism from some teachers groups, including the Canadian Association of University Teachers (Executive Director Jim Turk noted that "in prohibiting all circumvention, the proposed legislation will lock down a vast amount of digital material, preventing its use for research, education and innovation") and the Film Studies Association of Canada.

Other countries have pursued a different approach with respect to teaching and anti-circumvention legislation. 

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July 18, 2008 9 comments News
“They Indeed Have Gone Crazy”

“They Indeed Have Gone Crazy”

People keep sending new C-61 mashups – this time Canadian Heritage Minister Josee Verner, Larry Lessig, and the CBC's Sandra Abma play the starring roles in They Have Indeed Gone Crazy.  Prime Minister Harper stars in the parody below.

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July 18, 2008 8 comments News

ACTRA Reacts to Member Criticism

Several weeks ago I pointed to a great post by ACTRA member Jason Chesworth on Bill C-61.  Chesworth has continued to post on the issue, noting the link between one of the organization's executives and Sony BMG. That post has drawn a rebuke from ACTRA's Executive Director who would seemingly […]

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July 18, 2008 1 comment Must Reads

The Economist on Piracy

The Economist explores the benefits of piracy.

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July 18, 2008 2 comments Must Reads