Archive for May 15th, 2012

Government To Impose Time Allocation on Copyright Debate

The government yesterday gave notice of time allocation on the Bill C-11 debate, which will cut short the debate over the copyright bill. The move does not come as a surprise, given the willingness to use time allocation for other bills and the Conservatives’ consistent position that it will not further amend the bill. As I’ve stated repeatedly, there is much to like in Bill C-11 including expanded fair dealing, new consumer exceptions, new rights for user generated content, the notice-and-notice approach for ISPs, and the a cap on non-commercial statutory damages (this came up during the House of Commons debate as Conservative MP Chris Alexander quoted my comment on some of the balanced provisions but omitted the criticism on digital locks). Moreover, the decision to reject demands for website blocking, notice-and-takedown, an iPod tax, and disclosure of subscriber information suggest that the bill could have been considerably worse.

However, the decision to leave the digital lock rules unchanged remains the bill’s biggest flaw and given the widespread opposition to the approach makes a mockery of Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore’s insistence that the bill reflects the public support. Yesterday, Moore defended the approach:

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May 15, 2012 42 comments News

The Canadian Perspective on the GSU Fair Use Case

Ariel Katz has an exhaustive, 4,000 word must-read post on the Georgia State University fair use decision and some of the implications for Canadian copyright and the university licensing. Every Canadian university that signs the Access Copyright letter of intent today should read this post first.

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May 15, 2012 1 comment Must Reads

Queen’s To Sign Non-Binding Access Copyright Letter of Intent

Queen’s University has announced it will sign a non-binding letter of intent to accept the Access Copyright – AUCC deal. The University said the non-binding letter of intent “will allow the university more time to consider whether to accept the model licence.” Look for many universities to follow suit today […]

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May 15, 2012 1 comment Must Reads