Archive for August 24th, 2010

Writers Groups Attack Fair Dealing Reform in Copyright Bill

Several writers groups have written to Industry Minister Tony Clement and Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore to criticize elements of Bill C-32.  The letter focuses on the fair dealing exception for education:

From our perspective the biggest weakness in the bill is the addition of the word ‘education’ to the purposes of “fair dealing” without clear legislative guidance on how this amended provision of the Copyright Act will work in conjunction with other, more specific exceptions for education. We think that this new fair dealing provision will result in serious damage to the cultural sector and to Canada’s embryonic knowledge economy and, together with other new exceptions, negatively affect Canada’s professional writers.

The letter adds “we see that without further clarification of some provisions there will be unintended consequences and years of costly litigation.”

It is important to emphasize again that this is fear mongering that is simply inaccurate. 

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August 24, 2010 68 comments News

Postmedia on Access Copyright Tariff Proposal

Postmedia covers the mounting concern over the Access Copyright tariff proposal with a story on how the tariff could stifle Internet users and researchers.

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Was No Copyright the Real Reason Behind Germany’s Industrial Expansion?

Many people have written to point to this interesting article in Der Spiegel, which points to a new book that concludes that German’s rapid industrial expansion in the 19th century may have been due to the absence of copyright law.

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August 24, 2010 2 comments Must Reads