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    Transport Canada Issues DMCA Takedown Over On-the-Record Response

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    Thursday February 02, 2012
    Transport Canada has reportedly issued a DMCA takedown notice to Scribd over an on-the-record response it provided to a journalist. The move is particularly odd (though not unprecedented, see here and here) given the document was issued to a journalist and the government changed its crown copyright licence last year to allow for private and non-commercial public use without the need for further permission.
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    UK Music Publishers Take Down Canadian Sheet Music Site

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    Thursday April 21, 2011

    The UK Music Publishers Association has succeeded in taking down the International Music Score Library Project, an enormously popular Canadian-based sheet music site that has posted thousands of public domain scores. The site has faced legal threats from European publishers in the past and worked hard to ensure that all posted scores are compliant with Canadian copyright rules. The term of Canadian copyright law is life of the author plus an additional 50 years, a term compliant with international copyright law. I wrote about the site in 2007. 


    The UK Music Publishers Association filed a DMCA takedown notification with GoDaddy, IMSLP's domain name registrar, which has frozen the site for at least ten days. IMSLP has posted more information about the claim and why it is unfounded.  The case highlights yet again why demands for a notice-and-takedown approach in Bill C-32 were wisely rejected by the Conservatives since that system can lead to outcomes that shut down sites based on unproven allegations. The better approach - as found in C-32 - was a notice-and-notice approach that provides an effective deterrent while leaving it to the courts to determine actual cases of infringement.

    Update: The UK Music Publishers Association appears to have acknowledged it was wrong to file the takedown.


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    Cambridge University Responds to Bank Card Takedown Demand

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    Friday January 07, 2011
    Earlier this week I posted on the UK Bank Card Association demand that Cambridge University take down a student research paper that the association said overstepped responsible disclosure.  The University responds [PDF]:

    "you seem to think that we might censor a student’s thesis, which is lawful and already in the public domain, simply because a powerful interest finds it inconvenient. This shows a deep misconception of what universities are and how we work. Cambridge is the University of Erasmus, of Newton, and of Darwin; censoring writings that offend the powerful is offensive to our deepest values. Thus even though the decision to put the thesis online was Omar’s, we have no choice but to back him. That would hold even if we did not agree with the material! Accordingly I have authorised the thesis to be issued as a Computer Laboratory Technical Report. This will make it easier for people to find and to cite, and will ensure that its presence on our web site is permanent."
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    U Bank Card Association Demands Takedown of Student Research Paper

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    Wednesday January 05, 2011
    The UK Cards Assocation, a leading association representing the bank card industry, has written to Cambridge University to demand that it take down the web version of a research paper by a graduate student.  The paper identifies security holes in one bank card products.  The association argues the disclosure "oversteps the boundaries of what constitutes responsible disclosure."  A blog post on the paper can be found here.

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