Post Tagged with: "canadian heritage"

Oda to be Shuffled Out of Heritage?

CTV reports that Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda will be shuffled out of the portfolio in a forthcoming cabinet shuffle.  James Moore and Jason Kenney are rumoured replacements.

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August 5, 2007 5 comments Must Reads

Canadian Heritage Copyright Collective Study Released

The Canadian Heritage sponsored study on copyright collectives by C. Craig Parks has been publicly released.  I blogged about an earlier version here.

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August 2, 2007 1 comment Must Reads

Canadian Cultural Policy Must Adapt to the Internet World

Appeared in the Toronto Star on July 2, 2007 as Our Cultural Policy is Offline for Internet Given our easy access to Hollywood movies and U.S. television programming, it is unsurprising that Canadians have long placed great emphasis on cultural policies. To avoid marginalizing homegrown talent, Canada has set Canadian […]

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July 2, 2007 1 comment Columns Archive

Museums and the Public Domain

The Associated Press has picked up on a story involving public access to images in the Smithsonian InstitutionPublic.Resource.Org has posted 6,288 images currently sold by the Smithsonian on Flickr (a book of the images can be downloaded for free from, arguing that the U.S. institution is overreaching by claiming copyright or control over images that are in the public domain.

The issue is an important one that should also resonate in Canada.  Some readers may recall the battle between a small school division in Manitoba and the National Gallery of Canada over fees levied for a public domain Paul Kane painting. In the wake of that incident, I've been working with some students to identify how Canadian museums address access to public domain works in their collections.  The research is not yet complete, however, the preliminary news is not good. 

Museums are strapped for cash and therefore use their physical control over images to levy fees over public domain works.  While a cost-recovery fee for digitization or administration is understandable, many institutions go much further charging "surrogate copyright fees" or "user's fees" for public domain works or deploy technology to limit the potential uses of digitized versions of those works. 

For example, consider Emily Carr, whose work entered the public domain in 1996. 

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May 23, 2007 1 comment News

Canadian Heritage Says Copyright Reform is Coming

The CBC is reporting that the Canadian Heritage 2007-08 Plans and Priorities commits to copyright reform.  Indeed, the document indicates that "the Department in coordination with Industry Canada, is preparing to amend the Copyright Act in order to allow Canada to implement the provisions of the two most recent World […]

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May 9, 2007 4 comments Must Reads