Copyright proposal threatens future Internet use in classrooms

Media release: Copyright proposal threatens future Internet use in classrooms

OTTAWA, September 22, 2004 -- Changes to copyright law recommended by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage would seriously hinder the use of the Internet for teaching and learning purposes, warn six national education groups representing the K-12 and postsecondary sectors. The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF), the Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA), and the Copyright Consortium of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), have come together to fight the changes proposed by the Heritage Committee in May.

Globe & Mail: Africans get tools to cross the digital divide

"Dwayne Bailey hears the question all the time. "Why bother translating software into isiZulu?" people ask him. "Who needs it? English is the language of global business -- you'd be better off spending your energy teaching people English."

"To which Mr. Bailey replies, quite simply, "Izixhobo kufuneka zisebenzele abantu, hayi abantu izixhobo. Isoftware sisixhobo ngoko ke kumele sisebenzele abantu ngolwimi lwabo lwasemzini!"

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University Affairs: A balanced approach to reforming copyright law

October 2004

A balanced approach to reforming copyright law

Copyright reform is contentious and polarizing, but that doesn’t mean Canadian legislators can’t find a balanced solution

by Michael Geist

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Toronto Star: Tackling innovation deficit a balancing act

From Michael Geist

My regular Toronto Star Law Bytes column addresses several much-needed reforms for the Canadian education and research communities to get more bang for their research and copyright buck. In particular, it argues that Canadian universities must stop throwing away millions of dollars each year by paying unnecessary copy licenses to copyright collectives such as Access Copyright.

Geneva Declaration on the Future of the World Intellectual Property Organization

On September 30, 2004, the WIPO General Assembly will debate an important proposal to change the mission and work program for WIPO. The following is a Declaration on the Future of WIPO, for which we are currently collecting signatures.


Stanford University paper: Property, Intellectual Property, and Free Riding

Lemley, Mark A., "Property, Intellectual Property, and Free Riding" (August 2004). Stanford Law and Economics Olin Working Paper No. 291.


Courts and scholars have increasingly assumed that intellectual property is a form of property, and have applied the economic insights of Harold Demsetz and other property theorists to condemn the use of intellectual property by others as free riding. In this article, I argue that this represents a fundamental misapplication of the economic theory of property.

How to fight software patents - singly and together

How to fight software patents - singly and together

By: Richard M. Stallman

Software patents are the software project equivalent of land mines: Each design decision carries a risk of stepping on a patent, which can destroy your project.


However, fighting patents one by one will never eliminate the danger of software patents, any more than swatting mosquitoes will eliminate malaria.


Every software patent is harmful, and every software patent unjustly restricts how you use your computer, but not every software patent is legally invalid according to the patent system's criteria.

Why creators should oppose DRM

This article is published in Canadian New Media, Volume 7, Issue 16, under "Newsmakers".

Why creators should oppose DRM

By Russell McOrmond

One of the most controversial aspects of recent copyright reform worldwide has been the proposed prohibition on the circumvention of digital rights management (DRM). This proposal is part of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) copyright treaties that specific members of the Canadian Parliament wish to ratify soon.

DRM is controversial. It can be used by copyright holders to restrict activities which are not restricted in copyright law, effectively allowing DRM software to replace legislation as the authority on what can or cannot be done with a work. DRM can also be abused by copyright infringers to hide their infringement, and can be used by media companies to create or extend harmful monopolies.

iCommons Canada Launch Party: September 30, 2004

iCommons Canada Launch Party.

Announcement in PDF format for printing (PDF readers)

Please join us on the evening of Thursday September 30, 2004 for the official launch of the Canadian version of the Creative Commons (cc-ca) licences for digital artworks. The licence was ported for use in Canada by the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) in collaboration with the Law & Technology Program at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law.

(Toronto Star) Mr. Minister, please protect the public interest

Emerson's strong backbone will be tested in the months ahead as he faces unrelenting U.S. pressure on two initiatives that would, if adopted, provide broadcasters with unprecedented control over television signals and severely curtail consumers' expectations with regard to their rights and personal privacy.

Read full article by Michael Geist in the Toronto Star.

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