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Captain Copyright and the Search for Taxpayer Funding

Captain Copyright, the much-criticized Access Copyright initiative, generated some discussion this week with the release of a public letter from the Canadian Library Association.  The CLA letter, which is consistent with its resolutions on Captain Copyright adopted in June, calls on Access Copyright to "withdraw the site until the broader copyright community can assist Access Copyright in implementing an unbiased and balanced presentation of the rights of creators, rights-holders and users."

The letter was copied to Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda, which makes sense given that documents just obtained under the Access to Information Act reveal that Access Copyright has been looking to Canadian Heritage to provide funding for the Captain Copyright campaign.  On May 1, 2006, an internal memo was sent to the Director General of Cultural Industries indicates that Access Copyright was seeking funding for Captain Copyright and recommending that the matter be discussed by senior management.  No word yet on whether the government provided the requested cash. Access Copyright will have to get in line for "copyright education" funding, however.

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August 10, 2006 2 comments News

The Pig and the Box

In a direct response to Access Copyright's Captain Copyright, a Victoria writer and artist has produced The Pig and the Box, a short children's story designed to foster the values of sharing.  Indeed, the work is available under a Creative Commons licensed and the author advises that it has already […]

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July 15, 2006 1 comment News

Captain Copyright and the Case of the Critical Link

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) examines the linking issues associated with Captain Copyright. While the linking policy has gone through several edits, the column argues that it is doubtful that any version  is actually enforceable.  First, it is by no means certain that the terms […]

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June 13, 2006 9 comments Columns

Access Copyright Responds

Access Copyright is quoted in this article on the Captain Copyright controversy, responding to the concerns regarding the site and its approach to copyright education.

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June 9, 2006 Comments are Disabled News

The Continuing Adventures of Captain Copyright

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 […]

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June 5, 2006 2 comments News