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    Search Engine on the Access Copyright - AUCC Agreement

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    Tuesday May 01, 2012
    TVO's Search Engine spoke with me this week on the Access Copyright - AUCC agreement, open access, the implications for education, and the broader copyright implications.
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    Search Engine on Copyright: Digital Lockdown

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    Wednesday October 26, 2011
    TVO's 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 here.
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    Commenting on James Moore's Copyright Comments

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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" provision that 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 talking points 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 balance.

    Moore's response demands a few comments.


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    Search Engine Focuses on Amazon One-Click Patent

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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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