The University of Ottawa Press has launched a new open access collection, making 36 books available as free downloads. The books will continue to be available for sale in paper form.
Archive for July 28th, 2010
Federal Court Ruling Shows Fair Dealing Fears Greatly Exaggerated
Last week, the Federal Court of Appeal issued its much-anticipated ruling in the K-12 case, which specifically addressed fair dealing in the context of education. The ruling was a major win for Access Copyright, as the court dismissed objections from education groups on a Copyright Board of Canada ruling and paved the way for millions in compensation from school boards.
The case is notable since it demonstrates how critics of greater fair dealing flexiblity have greatly exaggerated claims of potential harm. For example, former PWAC Executive Director John Degen wrote this week that “the introduction of an overly broad exception to copyright for educational use would all but eliminate fair compensation for this established use.” Access Copyright reacted to the court victory by stating it was “bittersweet” given the C-32 changes. While there is no doubt that extending fair dealing to education (the law currently covers many educational activities under research, private study, criticism, and review) will bring more potential copying within the scope of fair dealing, this case reinforces the fact that fair dealing is a fair for all, not a free for all and that fears that the extension of categories will wipe out all revenues bear little relation to reality.
Industry Canada on US IP Watch List
An Industry Canada spokesperson on the validity of the USTR Special 301 list: “Canada does not recognize the validity of the Special 301 process, which relies on industry allegations rather than empirical evidence and analysis.” Note that the article says I said that Canada did not need to pass anti-circumvention […]