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Michael Geist's Blog

Faulkner, Hesse Lead Public Domain Day 2013

Wallace McLean has posted his annual celebration of public domain day, listing dozens of authors whose work entered into the public domain in Canada on New Year's Day. Notable names this year include Nobel Prize winners William Faulkner and Herman Hesse as well as  poet e.e. cummings. The list is particularly notable this year as Canada is participating in the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, which include U.S. proposals to extend the term of copyright in Canada to life of the author plus 70 years (from the current life plus 50).  If adopted, the change would mean that no new works would enter the Canadian public domain for two decades.
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Ten Canadian Tech Stories That Mattered in 2012

Peter Nowak has a great review of the big tech stories in Canada in 2012, including UBB, throttling, the CRTC, lawful access, and copyright reform. Meanwhile, Ars Technica has a good review of the U.S. experience and the 1709 Blog has a global look at copyright issues in 2012.
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