Tag Archives: Copyright

Tag Archives: Copyright

Canada 3.0 And The Illusion Of Scarcity

The other night I was having dinner with a friend and her teen-aged daughter who – not unlike many of her age – was struggling with the idea that some people, specifically those of a ‘wiser’ generation, just didn’t understand things like the Internet, Facebook, iPods, and the like. We tried to explain to her […]
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News & Notes on Bill C-61 (AKA Canadian DMCA)

London Ontario’s David Canton has written a column in today’s London Free Press on Bill C-61. As Michael Geist was quick to point out, David minces no words in describing his opinion of the proposed legislation: “…the bill is flawed and should not be passed in its current state…” “Canada had an opportunity to set […]
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Michael Geist – The Canadian DMCA: A Betrayal

Michael Geist – The Canadian DMCA: A Betrayal Brlliant
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ArsTechnica examines "Made-In-Canada DMCA"

Ars Technica reviews the new Canadian Copyright Act (Bill C-61) and comes back with a distressing, albeit not entirely surprising analysis. The review can be found here What’s great about the review is that although it most definitely has a point-of-view (e.g. “…those pesky details… make even the “consumer-friendly” parts of the bill a bit […]
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Michael Geist | 10 More Questions for Industry Minister Prentice

Michael Geist writes today: Last fall, as Industry Minister Jim Prentice was preparing to introduce new copyright legislation, I wrote an article in the Hill Times posing ten questions to Prentice about the forthcoming bill. Many of the questions – which focused on issues such as flexibility in implementing international copyright treaties, concern about the […]
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Canadian Copyright, From The Horse's… Pen.

h/t to Michael Geist – GREAT op-ed essay on Canadian copyright reform in today’s Globe and Mail entitled Who Needs Copyright, Anyway?. Rather than being written by a member of the government, or a lawyer, or even a professor (sorry Dr. Geist), it’s written by John Degen, head of PWAC – the Professional Writers Association […]
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Ars Book Review: "The Pirate's Dilemma"

Referring back to my post about the merits of piracy ArsTechnica is running a book review on former UK Pirate DJ Matthew Mason’s The Pirate’s Dilemma: How Youth Culture Is Reinventing Capitalism. Mason argues, among other things that the US was largely founded on piracy, and not just of the Hollywood variety: “During the nineteenth […]
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Copyright Rumours Swirling Again

h/t to David Canton via Twitter… Michael Geist is indicating that the Canadian copyright reform measures that the Conservative government has been advancing is again in play. There are many points at issue here, including: A lack of transparency in the legal process that has the appearance of cronyism and capitulation to special interest (including […]
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Open Source Movie

I’ve been wondering for a while what an open source movie would look like, and now I have my answer. Wreck-A-Movie, fresh from its creators’ first mashed-up movie, Star Wreck. Slashdot has a great summary of the history of this site: “These are the same guys who brought us Star Wreck, the most successful feature-length […]
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Orson Scott Card blasts J.K. Rowling's Lawsuit

Oh Orson Scott, you’re such a… er… Card. Seriously tho, this is an interesting, if somewhat sideways take on the fair-use copyright troubles plaguing new media. Card lays out (something like tongue-in-cheek) some of the similarities between the story in Ender’s Game and in the Potter series: “A young kid growing up in an oppressive […]
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