Archive for June, 2006

Oda and the Copyright Pledge

Readers of this blog will recall the Sam Bulte controversy from earlier this year and my resulting call that politicians take the "copyright pledge" under which they would agree not to serve as Minister of Canadian Heritage, Parliamentary Secretary, or sit on the Canadian Heritage Parliamentary Committee if they accepted […]

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June 8, 2006 14 comments News

Sloppy Thinking

While Captain Copyright has garnered significant attention over the past week, another group of educators have been targeted with a similar message.  CRIA's Graham Henderson recently published an opinion piece in the Spring 2006 issue of the Recorder, the Journal of the Ontario Music Educators' Association titled Music Students Face Uncertain Prospects Because of Illegal Downloading. I can't find an online version of the article, but I think it is does merit comment.  As the title suggests, CRIA's message for Canada's music educators is that many young people who dream of a career in music face severely limited prospects.  The article says that "this is neither for lack of talent nor an eager audience. Both of those ingredients are as strong or stronger than ever, thanks in good part to the excellent work of Canada's music educators.  The threat to music students' future success comes from rampant and uncurbed music file-swapping on the Internet."

This passage represents the high water mark of the article.

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June 8, 2006 3 comments News

Hundreds of Canadian Artists Call for Balanced Copyright

More than 500 Canadian art professionals have formed a new coalition to call on the government to take a balanced approach to copyright reform.  Appropriation Art: A Coalition of Arts Professionals, includes arts organizations from Alberta, BC, Quebec, Ontario, and Saskatchewan along with hundreds of artists from across Canada.  The […]

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June 6, 2006 2 comments News

The Continuing Adventures of Captain Copyright

The Captain Copyright debacle continues with Access Copyright seemingly editing the site on the fly as the criticism mounts.  I already noted the changes to the linking policy, while Matthew Skala calls attention to the removal of materials that used content from Wikipedia. As part of the continuing adventures of […]

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June 5, 2006 2 comments News

More of a Good Thing, Part Two

Quebec has become the latest province to introduce legislation to guard against Patriot Act misuse of Canadian personal information.  The legislation reportedly will include mandatory disclosures of security breaches and increased fines for companies that fail to comply with the law.

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June 5, 2006 Comments are Disabled News