Post Tagged with: "anti-circumvention"

Major Record Labels Adopt ACS

The online community is buzzing today over the announcement that Universal Music plans to "give away" music online through a new service called SpiralFrog (which is also negotiating with other major labels including EMI).  The approach is not particularly innovative – the service will be ad-supported, something people like Terry McBride from Nettwerk has been advocating for months and other sectors (television, radio, online gaming, newspapers) have been offering for some time.  Moreover, the service is likely to face some challenges – by relying on DRM that is not compatible with the iPod, it is leaving out a large part of the market. 

That said, there are at least two bigger points worth making.

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August 29, 2006 5 comments News

The Swiss Take on DRM

Canada is not alone in dealing with DRM.  Urs Gasser has an interesting post on a current Swiss anti-circumvention legislative proposal which covers some of the same issues I'm tackling with 30 Days of DRM.

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August 25, 2006 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

30 Days of DRM – Day One: Linking Copyright and Anti-Circumvention (Markets)

I need to begin day one with a couple of introductory issues for those new to copyright reform.  When I speak of a Canadian DMCA, I am focused chiefly on anti-circumvention legislation.  The forthcoming bill will likely contain many other provisions (few of which will address the needs of users and many creators) but it is the anti-circumvention provisions that will likely prove to be the most contentious.

So what are anti-circumvention provisions?  They are provisions that grant legal protection to technological protection measures (TPMs).  In plainer English, traditional copyright law grants creators a basket of exclusive rights in their work.  TPMs or digital locks (such as anti-copying technologies on CDs) effectively provide a second layer of protection by making it difficult for most people to copy works in digital format.  Anti-circumvention legislation creates a third layer of protection by making it an infringement to simply pick or break the digital lock (in fact, it even goes further by making it an infringement to make available tools or devices that can be used to pick the digital lock).  Under the DMCA, it is an infringement to circumvent a TPM even if the intended use of the underlying work would not constitute traditional copyright infringement.

This broad legal protection for TPMs has raised numerous issues over the past eight years.

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August 19, 2006 7 comments News

Hundreds of Canadian Artists Call for Balanced Copyright

More than 500 Canadian art professionals have formed a new coalition to call on the government to take a balanced approach to copyright reform.  Appropriation Art: A Coalition of Arts Professionals, includes arts organizations from Alberta, BC, Quebec, Ontario, and Saskatchewan along with hundreds of artists from across Canada.  The […]

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June 6, 2006 2 comments News

More of a Good Thing, Part One

Alberta Privacy Commissioner Frank Work has joined fellow commissioners Stoddart, Cavoukian, and Loukidelis in writing to Ministers Oda and Bernier regarding their concerns with the privacy implications of copyright reform.  While groups such as CRIA have sought to dismiss the privacy concerns, it will be difficult for the government to […]

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June 5, 2006 Comments are Disabled News