Digital Copyright Canada is first out to note that Access Copyright has pulled the plug on Captain Copyright. The Captain generated enormous criticism earlier this year when the lessons, which targeted children as young as Grade One, came to light. Access Copyright suggests that it is too difficult in the […]
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While a cynic might suggest that the change is attitude is due primarily to the growing number of schools that dropped links to Captain Copyright, to its desire for government funding, and to the public bashing from the CLA, it is good to see that Access Copyright is committed to making changes. However, three small points in response to the statement.
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.
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 […]