The Canadian Association of University Teachers recently held a major conference on intellectual property issues. I was delighted to provide the keynote address, which I titled Cancopy Law. The talk criticized the current incarnations of “cancopy law” (which include CMEC’s Copyright Matters and Access Copyright’s Captain Copyright) and discussed the importance to education of adopting a progressive approach to copyright. A podcast of the talk is now available.
In my Hart House Lecture, Our Own Creative Land: Cultural Monopoly and The Trouble With Copyright, I discussed a number of topics, including the Bulte incident, the opportunities presented by the Internet, the context of the current round of copyright reform. I concluded by sketching out an alternative and forward-looking vision of Canadian copyright law.
A video broadcast of the lecture appeared on TVO’s Big Ideas program, but is no longer available online.
As I watch with admiration at the many sites that have added podcasts to their mix, I have been hoping to do the same. That may happen some time in the future, but in the meantime, I was recently interviewed for the Electric Sky podcast, a local Ottawa podcast site. We discussed Canadian copyright issues including some of the recent legislative proposals. I think I sound a bit subdued, but it was a fun experience and it is great to see the budding enthusiasm for these new forms of expression.