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61 Reforms to C-61, Day 52: Education Internet Exception Is Harmful

The Internet exception is more than just unnecessary – it is harmful.  First, rather than improving access, the exception will actually encourage people to take content offline or to erect barriers that limit access (including DRM).  Section 30.04(3) provides that:

Subsection (1) does not apply if the work or other subject-matter – or the Internet site where it is posted – is protected by a technological measure that restricts access to the work or other subject-matter or to the Internet site.

In other words, in return for the exception, CMEC and AUCC has effectively pushed the government to include a provision that encourages creators to use DRM or restrict access to their work. Many website owners who may be entirely comfortable with non-commercial or limited educational use of their materials, may object to a new law that grants the education community unfettered (and uncompensated) usage rights.  Accordingly, many sites may opt out of the exception by making their work unavailable to everyone.  This is obviously a lose-lose scenario that arises directly out of the exception.

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September 2, 2008 5 comments News

Trosow on CMEC’s Copyright Bulletin, Part Five

Sam Trosow challenges CMEC's latest copyright bulletin on the copyright exception, emphasizing the benefits of a little bit of uncertainty.

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April 3, 2008 Comments are Disabled News

Trosow on CMEC

Sam Trosow dissects the two latest CMEC copyright bulletins.

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March 23, 2008 1 comment News

CMEC On Fair Dealing

The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada has published its third bulletin on copyright reform, this time explaining why it believes fair dealing is insufficient for its needs and that an Internet exception for education is the better approach.  The bulletin highlights again how CMEC and its allies have failed […]

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March 13, 2008 8 comments News

CMEC Renews Call for Educational Exemption

Sam Trosow points to (and dismantles) the latest CMEC call for an Internet exception to cover "free stuff" on the Internet.  The CMEC proposal continues to drive a wedge between education groups and discouragingly burns important political capital on an ill-advised reform that is unnecessary and potentially harmful.

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March 10, 2008 4 comments News