Kerr - October 27: What happens when law protects the technologies that protect copyright?

The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to invite you to its Breakfast on the Hill seminar series, created to provide relevant and timely research in the social sciences and humanities to Parliamentarians and policy makers.

Ian Kerr, LLB, PhD
Professor of Law
Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology
University of Ottawa

What happens when law protects the technologies that protect copyright?


In the midst of fierce debate both in the House and in the public forum, reforming Canada ’s copyright law is poised to be the most contentious policy issue of the fall.

Increasingly, owners of digital content are using technological protection measures to enforce and protect their rights. While some technologies can be used to protect the rights of intellectual property owners, other technologies can also be employed to circumvent them. Given the ease of copying and disseminating digital information upon circumvention, anti-circumvention laws are gaining prominence in the global copyright community.

Dr. Kerr will speak about Bill C-60, An Act to Amend the Copyright Act, Canada ’s proposal to bring the existing copyright laws into the digital age. Dr. Kerr’s talk will investigate the proposed anti-circumvention provisions and their potential to seriously undermine Canada ’s fundamental public commitments to personal privacy and freedom of expression.

Professor Ian Kerr holds the Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology at the University of Ottawa . He directs two large research projects – one of which, “On the Identity Trail,” involves over 50 researchers from across North America through a four-year grant from SSHRC. As one of Canada ’s leading privacy scholars, he has published writings in academic books, textbooks and journals on ethical and legal aspects of digital copyright, automated electronic commerce, internet regulation, online defamation and others. Dr. Kerr has also won several teaching awards and citations. He is a member of numerous organizations and boards, including the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

7:45 - 9 am , Thursday, October 27
Parliamentary Restaurant, 6th Floor, Centre Block
There will be a $10 fee payable at the door - free for Parliamentarians and media.

A continental breakfast will be served.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 25: 238-6112, ext 310 or fedcan -at-

The Federation thanks the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for their support.