Archive for May 16th, 2012

What the Govt Rejected in the C-11 Amendments: Access for the Blind, Cloud-Based Services & More

Bill C-11, the copyright reform bill, passed the report stage yesterday, leaving only a third reading debate and vote before the bill heads to the House of Commons. While many good elements in the bill remain intact, it is worth noting what the Conservatives voted against by opposing every amendment […]

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May 16, 2012 27 comments News

UBC Will Not Sign the AUCC – Access Copyright Deal

UBC, one of Canada’s largest universities, has announced that it will not sign the Access Copyright model licence. The decision is particularly notable since UBC President Stephen Toope is also the chair of AUCC, which negotiated the model licence. UBC says it is “taking the bolder, more principled and sustainable […]

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May 16, 2012 6 comments News

More Opposition to the Access Copyright Model Licence

In addition to the UBC decision to not sign the Access Copyright model licence, the Manitoba Library Association has added its voice in opposition to the agreement. Moreover, the Trent University Senate has adopted a motion stating “that the Senate, in solidarity with the CAUT, the CFS and dozens of […]

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May 16, 2012 1 comment Must Reads

Is Lawful Access Dead? Not Yet.

The Globe’s John Ibbitson has a column that confirms much of the private speculation about lawful access, namely that the bill is going nowhere so long as Vic Toews remains public safety minister. This is consistent with the prevailing view that Toews is so closely associated with the worst of […]

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May 16, 2012 2 comments Must Reads

Del Mastro on Format Shifting

Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro offers up one of the oddest copyright analogies during the C-11 debate, likening format shifting to socks and shoes.

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May 16, 2012 13 comments Must Reads