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Canadian Heritage Says Copyright Reform is Coming

The CBC is reporting that the Canadian Heritage 2007-08 Plans and Priorities commits to copyright reform.  Indeed, the document indicates that "the Department in coordination with Industry Canada, is preparing to amend the Copyright Act in order to allow Canada to implement the provisions of the two most recent World […]

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May 9, 2007 4 comments Must Reads

Canadian Documentary Film Makers Speak Out on Copyright

Another enormously important Canadian group has spoken out on copyright.  The Documentary Organization of Canada, which represents more than 650 independent documentary film makers, has jumped into the copyright debate with a public letter to the Ministers, a background white paper that assesses the legal environment for documentary film makers, […]

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December 6, 2006 4 comments News

The Parallel Politics of the Environment and Copyright

Appeared in the Hill Times on October 9, 2006 as Parallel Federal Political World of Environment and Copyright As the Conservatives prepare to roll out their policy plan for the environment, there is little doubt that environmental concerns have emerged as a major political issue.  With polls consistently confirming public […]

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October 9, 2006 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

30 Days of DRM – Day 10: Security Research (Circumvention Rights)

Given the priority currently accorded to security concerns, it is difficult to understand how any government would be willing to undermine security in the name of copyright.  That is precisely what has occurred in the United States, however, where computer security researchers have faced a significant chilling effect on their research due to legal threats from the DMCA.  The U.S. cases are fairly well known: they include Princeton professor Edward Felten facing a potential suit from the RIAA when he planned to disclose his research findings in identifying the weaknesses of an encryption program and Dmitri Sklyarov, a Russian software programmer, spending a summer in jail after presenting a paper at a conference in Las Vegas that described his company's program that defeated the encryption on the Adobe eReader.

Even more compelling are recent comments from Professor Felten at a conference at the University of Michigan. 

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August 28, 2006 2 comments News

Telus Joins Call for Fair Use

While things have been publicly quiet on the copyright reform front this summer, indications are that the government has been busy, with a copyright bill likely to be introduced this fall.  One important voice that has come forward is Telus, Canada’s second largest telecommunications company.  In a letter to Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda, the company outlines its top priorities for copyright reform.

Leading the way is fair use, with Telus calling for a "living" fair use model that would expand upon the current fair dealing user right.  In particular, Telus states that:

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August 15, 2006 6 comments News