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UK Performers Launch Featured Artists Coalition

With strong echoes of the Canadian Music Creators Coalition, leading UK musicians, including Robbie Williams, Annie Lennox, Billy Bragg, Blur's David Rowntree and Radiohead's Ed O'Brien, have formed the Featured Artists Coalition.  The group has voted against supporting any moves toward criminal prosecution of ordinary members of the public for […]

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March 12, 2009 1 comment Must Reads

61 Reforms to C-61, Day 53: Education Internet Exception Easily Avoided

Over the past two days, I've argued that the Internet exception for education is both unnecessary and potentially harmful.  It is also so easily avoided as to be almost useless.  As noted earlier, one way to avoid the exception is the use of DRM.  Another is to simply place a […]

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September 3, 2008 4 comments News

61 Reforms to C-61, Day 51: Education Internet Exception Is Unnecessary

One of the most controversial aspects of Bill C-61 is the inclusion of special educational exception.  The provision has split the education community, generating support from some education groups and opposition from others. The product of years of lobbying by provincial education ministers and the AUCC, the exemption at Section 30.04 (1) provides that:

Subject to subsections (2) to (5), it is not an infringement of copyright for an educational institution, or a person acting under the authority of one, to do any of the following acts for educational or training purposes in respect of a work or other subject-matter that is available through the Internet:

(a) reproduce it;
(b) communicate it to the public by telecommunication, if that public primarily consists of students of the educational institution or other persons acting under its authority;
(c) perform it in public, if that public primarily consists of students of the educational institution or other persons acting under its authority; or
(d) do any other act that is necessary for the purpose of the acts referred to in paragraphs (a) to (c).

I will discuss why the conditions render this exception virtually useless in a later post.  For the moment, I want to reiterate that I do not believe that the exception is either necessary or equitable.

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September 1, 2008 3 comments News

Report Says Canadian DMCA To Include $500 Fine Per Download

The National Post reports that the Canadian DMCA, which may be introduced tomorrow, will include a "personal use download" fine of $500.  The front page story indicates that the fine (presumably a new form of statutory damage award) could be awarded on a per infringement basis, leading the possibility of […]

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June 3, 2008 65 comments News

Report Says Canadian DMCA To Include $500 Fine Per Download

The National Post reports that the Canadian DMCA, which may be introduced tomorrow, will include a "personal use download" fine of $500.  The front page story indicates that the fine (presumably a new form of statutory damage award) could be awarded on a per infringement basis, leading the possibility of […]

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June 3, 2008 Comments are Disabled Stop CDMCA