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 Captain Copyright, it is worth noting that the linking policy has changed yet again. Access Copyright presumably had second thoughts about the moral rights claim and has now dropped that from the agreement. While the continual changes are making the copyright collective look more than a little foolish, all these changes are minor compared to the latest revelation – Wallace notes that Captain Copyright isn't even original.
Last year, the Singapore Intellectual Property Office conducted an IP awareness road show. The star of the show? Captain Copyright, featured in four cartoon shorts warning against copying music, making multiple photocopies, and warning ominously of a world without copyright. If the last cartoon sounds familiar, it might be because that is the same approach used in Access Copyright's Captain Copyright's grade one lesson.
The Singapore Captain Copyright says that all its rights are reserved. Access Copyright says that it has obtained a license to use all the materials on the site. Does that include a license from the Singapore creator? It would be too easy to note that this sounds like a case for Captain Copyright.
Update: Thanks to a librarian for bringing to my attention that several school boards in Canada are promoting Captain Copyright. These include the Vancouver School Board (District #39), Richmond School Board (District #38), and the Halton District School Board in Ontario.
UpdateII: The Vancouver School Board has dropped its link to Captain Copyright.