Tuesday May 01, 2012
TVO's Search Engine spoke
this week on the Access Copyright - AUCC agreement, open access, the
implications for education, and the broader copyright implications.
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Wednesday October 26, 2011
Search Engine focuses on Canadian copyright this week as I
spoke with host Jesse Brown about the future of Bill C-11 (likely to
pass largely unchanged), the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on
linking liability, and the constitutional questions surrounding the
current digital lock rules. The MP3 version of the podcast available
here. A transcript with links has been compiled
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Tuesday October 04, 2011
Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore recently granted TVO's Search
Engine an interview
on Bill C-11 and Canadian copyright reform. The interview demonstrates
yet again that Moore is one of the government's most skilled ministers
- he knows the copyright file and is able to actively debate its
merits. Yet the interview raised several points worth challenging.
At 4:30, host Jesse Brown raises the issue of the "book burning"
requires students and teachers to destroy lessons that rely on the
exception within 30 days of the conclusion of the course. Moore moves
quickly to the departmental
that I obtained under Access to Information, which claim that this is
simply part of the balance. Yet few teachers will rely on a provision
that mandates the destruction of their materials at the conclusion of a
course and few students will want to have their materials destroyed.
The provision is an illusion - it looks at first glance like it will
assist education, yet practically it will be ignored. At 6:00, Moore
continues by arguing that it is common for students to encounter "time
limited" materials. But this provision does more than just create time
limitations for students since it creates matching time limits for
teachers, which effectively ensures it will rarely be used.
At 12:00, Brown and Moore engage in a discussion on digital locks, with
Moore turning to the claim that the government isn't imposing digital
locks, that the free market should work, government should get out of
the way, and creators should be able to protect themselves against
people who want to hack into their product and steal from them. Brown
notes that a better balance is available by linking circumvention to
infringment, to which Moore goes right back to the department
talking points that simply state the government has the right
Moore's response demands a few comments.
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Tuesday June 21, 2011
Jesse Brown's Search Engine focuses
on the Amazon one-click patent case, which heads to the Federal Court
of Appeal this week. Jeremy Morris, a terrific post-doc at the
University of Ottawa, provides the analysis.
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