Canadian sites and groups supportive of fair copyright revision
- Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) seeks to ensure balance in policy and law-making processes on issues that arise as a result of new technologies.
- Professor Michael A. Geist's Law Bytes
- Howard Knopf, IP lawyer with Macera & Jarzyna, LLP in Ottawa, Canada.
- Matthew Skala's Weblog
- Digital Copyright in Canada: Issues, Implications and Critique, by Jason Young
- Getting Open Source Logic INto Governments (GOSLING) Community deals with many areas of public policy including digital copyright reform.
- Laura J. Murray (Associate Professor Department of English, Queen's University) hosts this domain and website: Copyright in Canada: An Introduction and Incitement
- Creative Commons, translated into Canadian Law, Eh!
- Daily p2p and digital media news site
- Debunking copyright myths, one post at a time...
- Digital Security Coalition
- Canadian Software Innovation Alliance: Launched by Canadian entrepreneur Bob Young, the CSIA is working to encourage innovation and competition in the software industry
- Online Rights Canada (ORC) is a joint project of EFF and CIPPIC
- Canadian Music Creators Coalition (CMCC)
- A group of Canada's leading public-interest oriented organizations and academic privacy experts - all members of Canada's privacy community - concerned about how technology and copyright laws are increasingly threatening to erode Canadians' privacy rights.
- Appropriation Art
- Documentary Organization of Canada
- Online Rights Canada has created this site to help coordinate the various sites helping Canadians understand this issue.
- COPYRIGHT REFORM PROCESS
- Copyright Act ( R.S. 1985, c. C-42 )
- The Copyright Policy Branch of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
- Intellectual Property Policy Directorate of Industry Canada
- This is the LinuxToday article that announced this forum. This includes links and other talk-back commentary.
The Canadian Copyright Reform processThis section replaced by the page: Chronology of Canadian Copyright Law.
Related legal issues from non-Canadian sources (Including international treaties)
- Thematic Working Group (WG) dealing with Patents,Copyrights, Trademarks (P.C.T) and related issues, within the framework of the Civil Society contribution to the World Summit On the Information Society (WSIS) organized by the United Nations.
- Copyright and Related Rights information from the World Intellectual Property Organization. This site includes the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty that is the source of the extremely controversial interpretations of "Legal protection for Technological Protection Measures" (such as in the USA's Digital Millennium Copyright Act).
- The International community is trying to get WIPO to modernize their thinking so that they will discontinue diverging from their actual mandate. Contrary to the views of some, the mandate is not to maximize profits for those using outdated monopoly-rent-seeking business models.
- Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) about Anti-circumvention (DMCA)
- The Opposing Copyright Extension Site, Maintained by, Dennis S. Karjala, Professor of Law, Arizona State University, is a great place to keep up on the world of Copyright Extension, the "Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act," and such legal matters.
- Thomas Jefferson to Isaac McPherson, 13 Aug. 1813 : "It has been pretended by some, (and in England especially,) that inventors have a natural and exclusive right to their inventions"
- (Russell McOrmond comments:) "This is a clear case of conflicting
laws, where the Russian law (which has a more balanced approach which
includes protection for Fair Use such as backup), is in conflict with the
very controversial (even in the USA) DMCA law. In this case, Sklyarov
claims his program is not only legal, but required under Russian law.
Will we get into a situation where Russia will be forced to arrest any
Adobe employee that sets foot in Russia for their illegal act of producing
software that attempts to circumvent fair use? Or worse, that the USA
will try to impose their unbalanced copyright laws onto Russia?"
- EFF "Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)" Archive
- A number of articles with a twist toward libraries from the
"Library and Information Science NEWS" site.
- Niels Ferguson, a professional cryptographer has written, Censorship in action: why I don't publish my HDCP results, which takes a look at why the DMCA is bad news. Note that he's not even a citizen of the USA and yet their law is affecting his work!
Links of General Interest
- (USA) Protecting your "Fair Use" rights in a digital world. Please
specifically see the The Consumer Technology
Bill of Rights.
- (USA) IPac is a nonpartisan group dedicated to preserving individual
freedom through balanced intellectual property policy.
- Freedom To Tinker
... is your freedom to understand, discuss, repair, and modify the
technological devices you own. This page documents a number of misleading
- (USA) Home Recording Rights Coalition - HRRC works in Washington to
protect your right to buy and use audio and video recorders, players, and
- Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. Founder of
the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. Author of The Future of
Ideas and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace.
- Jessica Litman, author of Digital Copyright
- (US) Public Patent Foundation - Representing the Public's Interests in the Patent System
- The League for Programming Freedom is an organization that opposes software patents and user interface copyrights.
- Software without borders. Knowledge without frontiers, that is Hipatia. We strive to have free knowledge, in action for towns and villages of the world.
- Goals: to raise awareness in the media of digital rights abuses, to provide a media clearinghouse, connecting journalists with experts and activists , to preserve and extend traditional civil liberties in the digital world, to collaborate with other digital rights and related organisations, to nurture a community of campaigning volunteers, from grassroots activists to technical and legal experts
- Yochai Benkler is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. His book The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom is key to understanding the dynamic happening in Copyright between traditional industrial-era methods of production to modern network based methods of knowledge production and distribution.