Archive for August, 2010

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

ACTA Round Ten Concludes: Deal May Be One Month Away, Updated Text To Remain Secret

Round ten of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations in Washington concluded on Friday with countries confirming progress on all fronts and hopes to reach agreement on all remaining substantive issues at the next round in negotiations in Japan in late September.  While the joint statement is not yet online, Reuters […]

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August 21, 2010 18 comments News

Is Relying on Open Access Materials “Irresponsible”?

Last week I raised the question of whether Canadian universities should consider walking away from Access Copyright in light of its recent tariff demands.  The post did not reject licencing, but rather noted that the combined effect of openly accessible materials, licenced databases, and fair dealing was such that the Access Copyright licence may not be necessary for many professors.  Where there is a need for a specific work that is not otherwise available, it could be directly licenced with the copyright holder, thereby ensuring that the actual author receives full compensation for their work.  In the post, I used myself an example, noting that I am able to rely on openly accessible materials for my courses.

The fact that I rely on openly accessible materials led Access Copyright supporter John Degen to describe my approach as a “shockingly arbitrary and irresponsible policy that will only place artificial (and highly political) limits on education.” Degen then implies that the choice is based on attempting to find cheap materials or ones that are consistent with my political leanings.

Yet the only thing irresponsible is Degen’s effort to link cost with quality. 

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August 18, 2010 106 comments News

FTC Targets Canadian-based Domain Registration Scam

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has shut down a Canadian-based domain name registration scam based out of Toronto.  Thousands of businesses received fake domain name renewal notices from the scammers.

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August 18, 2010 4 comments Must Reads

Canadian Library Association on C-32: Digital Lock Rules “Fundamentally Flawed”

The Canadian Library Association has released detailed comments on Bill C-32.  At the risk of being labeled “radical extremists” by Canadian Heritage James Moore, the CLA adopts positions that are very similar to those found on this blog and by those arguing for balanced copyright.  The bottom line from the […]

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August 17, 2010 16 comments News