Fair Dealing by Giulia Forsythe (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) https://flic.kr/p/dRkXwP

Fair Dealing by Giulia Forsythe (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) https://flic.kr/p/dRkXwP

Copyright

The Price of Canadian Heritage

Last week I received a deeply troubling email from the Frontier School Division, which serves thirty-five communities and forty-one schools in remote/northern Manitoba.  The school division wrote to the National Gallery of Canada last October requesting a copy of a photograph taken in 1850 of a then-young artist named Paul […]

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July 10, 2005 Comments are Disabled News

The Public Good Pays the Price

While some people may be taking a breather with the arrival of summer, commentary on Bill C-60 continues to trickle in.  The latest comes from Brian Bowman, a lawyer in Winnipeg who writes a regular column for the Winnipeg Free Press.  The paper features Copyright Changes Both Right and Wrong […]

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July 6, 2005 Comments are Disabled News

Electric Sky Podcast on Copyright

As I watch with admiration at the many sites that have added podcasts to their mix, I have been hoping to do the same.  That may happen some time in the future, but in the meantime, I was recently interviewed for the Electric Sky podcast, a local Ottawa podcast site.  We discussed Canadian copyright issues including some of the recent legislative proposals.  I think I sound a bit subdued, but it was a fun experience and it is great to see the budding enthusiasm for these new forms of expression.

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July 6, 2005 1 comment News, Podcasts

The Globe on Copyright

The Globe and Mail ran yet another copyright masthead editorial today, A Line on File Sharing (reg. required), which predictably supported the U.S. Supreme Court's Grokster decision.  Given its two other recent copyright editorials which virtually parroted the recording industry's position on copyright, it comes as little surprise to find […]

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July 4, 2005 Comments are Disabled News

Reflecting on Grokster

The Toronto Star features a special edition of my Law Bytes column (HTML backup version, freely available hyperlinked version; Toronto Star reg. version) reflecting on Monday's Grokster decision. I argue that while the highest court in the U.S. unanimously ruled that two file sharing services, Grokster and Streamcast, can be sued for actively encouraging copyright infringement by their users, the decision is not the clear cut win its supporters suggest.

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June 29, 2005 Comments are Disabled Columns