Archive for September, 2008

61 Reforms to C-61, Day 54: E-Reserve Provisions Less Effective Than Fair Dealing

The Canadian library community has been one of the most outspoken critics of Bill C-61, expressing concern about (among other things) its impact on electronic delivery of materials.  The Canadian Library Association press release on C-61 notes that:

Bill C-61 ignores the fact that the 2004 CCH Supreme Court Judgment already allows Canadian libraries to do desktop delivery of interlibrary loan. Bill C-61 requires libraries to lock up interlibrary loans with DRM tools, something that most libraries would not have the resources to accomplish. Bill C-61 alone would force many libraries back to delivering interlibrary loan via paper copies.

The CLA raises two important issues – the use of fair dealing for e-reserve policies as well as the effective requirement on librarians to use DRM for electronic delivery of materials.  Today I will focus on fair dealing and e-reserve policies and save the DRM concerns for tomorrow.

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September 4, 2008 7 comments News

Charlie Angus on Digital Issues and the Election publishes an editorial by NDP MP Charlie Angus on the election and key digital issues such as copyright and net neutrality.

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September 4, 2008 3 comments Must Reads

ITWorldCanada on the End of C-61

ITWorldCanada writes about the imminent demise of C-61, citing several people who signed its petition opposing the bill.

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September 4, 2008 1 comment Must Reads

61 Reforms to C-61, Day 53: Education Internet Exception Easily Avoided

Over the past two days, I've argued that the Internet exception for education is both unnecessary and potentially harmful.  It is also so easily avoided as to be almost useless.  As noted earlier, one way to avoid the exception is the use of DRM.  Another is to simply place a […]

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September 3, 2008 4 comments News

The End of Bill C-61

With every reason to believe that Canada will be in the midst of an election campaign by next week, Canwest runs a story on how an election call will kill Bill C-61. This raises at least two issues.  First, C-61 may dead but copyright reform Canada is still very much […]

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September 3, 2008 Comments are Disabled Stop CDMCA