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Assessing Canada’s New Copyright Bill: The Video

The day after the government introduced Bill C-32, I spoke at the GRAND Annual Conference, a federal NCE on Graphics, Animation and New Media.  While the full talk discussed recent attempts at copyright reform, I've pulled the discussion on C-32 into its own video.  The 16 minute talk – a […]

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June 7, 2010 6 comments News

Liberals Say Digital Locks Top Issue as Moore Open To Changes

The Wire Report reports that Liberal MP Marc Garneau believes that C-32's digital lock provisions is the most significant issue raised by bill.  Garneau says "the question of how to proceed on legal protection for digital rights management remains the most significant one. The provision has to balance the interests […]

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June 4, 2010 7 comments News

Comparing The Two Copyright Bills: C-32 vs. C-61

Thanks to the hard work of my research assistant Keith Rose, posted below is comparison chart of the two Conservative copyright bills – this week's C-32 vs. the 2008 C-61 bill.  An annotated version can be accessed here.  A straight comparison is available here and embedded below. 

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June 4, 2010 9 comments News

Support for C-32 Digital Lock Changes Mounts

The reactions to C-32 rolled in yesterday with many groups supporting much of the balance struck by the bill but expressing concern with the digital lock provisions.  That perspective was consistent across the spectrum – businesses, education groups, librarians, and some creator groups all said virtually the same thing: Business […]

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June 4, 2010 29 comments News

Long-Awaited Copyright Reform Plan Flawed But Fixable

I attended yesterday's C-32 media lockup on behalf of the Toronto Star, who asked for a quick analysis piece of the bill.  My column is posted below:

Copyright has long been viewed as one of the government's most difficult and least rewarding policy issues. It attracts passionate views from a wide range of stakeholders, including creators, consumers, businesses, and educators and is the source of significant political pressure from the United States.  Opinions are so polarized that legislative reform is seemingly always the last resort that only comes after months of delays.

The latest chapter in the Canadian copyright saga unfolded yesterday as Industry Minister Tony Clement and Canadian Heritage James Moore tabled copyright reform legislation billed as providing both balance and a much-needed modernization of the law.

The bill will require careful study (suggestions that a quick set of summer hearings will provide an effective review should be summarily rejected) but the initial analysis is that there were some serious efforts to find compromise positions on many thorny copyright issues.  

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June 3, 2010 81 comments Columns