Archive for May 15th, 2009

Wikileaks Posts Conservative Party Talking Points

Wikileaks has struck the Conservative Party of Canada, posting the party's standard stump speech and opinion piece for this month.  The documents are apparently designed to be used in community events and submitted to local media.

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May 15, 2009 12 comments News

The Download Decade Looks at the Ethics of Piracy

The Globe and Mail's Download Decade continues with a look at the ethics of piracy, including a short documentary that asks Canadians to compare copyright infringement with jaywalking and stealing a chocolate bar.  The series also reprints the infamous 2007 Pirates of the Canadians article, which played a crucial role […]

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May 15, 2009 2 comments News

Vancise Re-Appointed to Copyright Board

William J. Vancise has been re-appointed as the Chair of the Copyright Board of Canada.  The Board is expected to include some new faces in the months ahead.

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May 15, 2009 Comments are Disabled News

“Cataclysmic Risk”

This is how CTV's Ivan Fecan described the prospect that the CRTC require Canadian broadcasters to spend an equal amount on Canadian programming as they do on foreign (U.S.) shows.  CRTC data shows that expenditures by conventional private-sector TV on Canadian content declined in 2007 to $616 million, whereas spending […]

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May 15, 2009 3 comments News

The Friday Forum – Open Access Issues

Last week's first Friday Forum provided an introduction to open access.  This week's examines several issues that grow out of the open access movement including open access to government data, open access to law, open access and development, as well as open access and science.  Given my column this week on how the House of Commons has sent takedown notices to YouTube to remove videos featuring committee hearings and the Auditor General's report on IP in the government, it is appropriate to start with the issue of open access to government data.  The leader in this field in Carl Malamud, who delivered an @Google talk on the issue in 2006.

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May 15, 2009 4 comments News