Archive for August, 2008

61 Reforms to C-61, Day 47: Education Harms – Lessons Include Special Infringement Provision

The new lesson provisions are extremely limited, yet they come with an astonishing number of conditions and limitations. In fact, Bill C-61 includes a special new infringement provision specifically for lessons.  Under the bill: It is an infringement of copyright for any person to do any of the following acts […]

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August 26, 2008 5 comments News

Culture Cuts a Blow to Canadian Digitization Strategy

The Canadian cultural community has been abuzz over the past two weeks as details emerge about the government's plans to cut millions of dollars from nearly a dozen culture programs. My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that while the cuts may find support among some Canadians opposed to public funding for the arts, a closer look at the plans reveal that this has little to do with handouts to artists.  Rather, the affected programs are focused on industrial policy and the creation of a digital information strategy. 

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August 26, 2008 13 comments Columns

Culture Cuts a Blow to Canadian Digitization Strategy

Appeared in the Toronto Star on August 25, 2008 as Culture Cuts Deal Blow to Digitization Strategy The Canadian cultural community has been abuzz over the past two weeks as details emerge about the government's plans to cut millions of dollars from nearly a dozen culture programs. While the cuts […]

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August 26, 2008 1 comment Columns Archive

61 Reforms to C-61, Day 46: Education Harms – Lesson Provisions Only Extend To Limited Exceptions

With the school year set to resume in just over a week, the 61 reforms series turns to the education concerns associated with Bill C-61. Statistics Canada confirmed last fall that the Internet is changing the face of Canadian education by altering the ways students conduct their research or participate in distance learning.  This is particularly true for students from rural or small-town communities, who increasingly depend on the Internet for electronic distance learning.  Many in the education community have reacted with alarm at C-61 including the Canadian Association of University Teachers, the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Canadian Federation of Students.  Moreover, University executives are beginning to speak out as well – Athabasca University Vice-President of Research Rory McGreal recently published an op-ed that warned that "the proposed new Bill C-61 will have profound negative effects on researchers and educators as well as the general public."

A particular sore point is the bill's treatment of "lessons."  While the provisions purport to provide the education community with new rights to faciliate distance learning, these provisions are stunningly arcane and practically worthless. 

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August 25, 2008 9 comments News

CLA Releases Copyright Advocacy Kit

The Canadian Library Association has released a copyright advocacy kit that encourages the library community to speak out on C-61.  Particular concerns include the anti-circumvention provisions.

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August 25, 2008 2 comments Must Reads