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Cory Doctorow appearance in Second Life

Canada-born and London-based author, blogger and campaigner Cory Doctorow was part of a "live" appearance before an audience of Second Life Residents last Sunday.

Among the top tier 'thought leaders' of the Internet age, Cory Doctorow is an award-winning writer, a passionate digital rights advocate, and the co-editor of the mammothly popular Boing Boing blog. His latest novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, is a deeply moving tale of magic, love, family, and Internet connectivity. Ladies and gentlemen, furries, faeries, space warriors, and other Second Life species of indeterminate gender and classification, I'm proud to present: Cory Doctorow's avatar!

Digital Citizens: The activist: Cory Doctorow

As part of a week-long BBC News website special they have been speaking to people whose creativity has been transformed in the digital age. An article by Darren Waters focuses on the Canada-born and London-based author, blogger and campaignerwriter Cory Doctorow.

Author, blogger and campaigner Cory Doctorow passionately believes the internet has helped unleash a new form of creativity based around collaboration.

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But he says big media companies are trying to stifle the ability to share content in the name of protecting copyright.

Telus blocks political website.... increasing its own liability?

This article by Sorcha McGinnis from the Edmonton Sun speaks about how Telus blocked their customers from access to a Union website. While this is something that is used for hate speech with the oversight of a court, the idea of a company claiming to be a "common carrier" when it comes to avoiding liability taking this type of step is quite dangerous. If they are willing to censor the union of their own employees, does that mean that they should be held directly liable for other activities that they don't filter?

Lafayette, La.'s fiber project goes to a vote

This CNet news.com article By Marguerite Reardon includes:

The city of 116,000 residents known for its vibrant Cajun culture has been planning to build its own fiber-optic network for more than a year. But local phone company BellSouth and cable operator Cox Communications have challenged the city-owned utility, which plans to build and operate the network.

It is time that the Internet infrastructure were handled like the transportation (road) infrastructure. It should be government owned/managed as a common carrier with "customers" able to connect to "services" over these connections. Far too much editorial and other control exists by allowing the incumbents, primarily telecom and broadcast monopolies, to supply the basic infrastructure.

Open-source P2P projects keep swapping

This CNET News.com article by John Borland includes:

BitTorrent, a file-distribution technology developed in 2002, is widely used to swap copyrighted works such as movies and games. But it's also increasingly used for authorized purposes such as distributing open-source operating system files and was even recently built into Opera Software's Web browser.

I am an active BitTorrent user, all for non-infringing uses, including helping to distribute CD images of Linux as well as other FLOSS such as theOpenCD.org. I have also shared music where the copyright holder has authorized such sharing.

When lawyers have a human resources problem, they sue someone.....

An article in SearchEngineWatch describes how a law firm wants to sue Archive.org because their voluntary opt-out exclusion policy didn't exclude some pages. A competent webmaster would know that it is a simple matter of putting pages in a secure mode (https rather than http, require free login, etc) to ensure that pages can not be accessed by any robots.

Rather than hiring a competent webmaster, and publicly admitting they have a human resources problem, these technologically illiterate lawyers instead want to sue Archive.org.

CBC viewpoint: I'm not in favour of stealing but …

This CBC viewpoint by Greg Hughes includes:

C-60 is dangerous and anti-democratic for many reasons. The proposed law is largely based on tenets of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s approach to copyright, which effectively places the role of intellectual property above the public interest of information sharing, collaboration and innovation.

Anti-Spyware Coalition Releases “Spyware” Definition

Anti-Spyware Coalition Releases “Spyware” Definition

Ottawa, ON – July 12, 2005 – The Anti-Spyware Coalition (“ASC”), an alliance of technology and consumer groups, today released a uniform definition of “spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies”. The ASC hopes that this definition will prove a useful first step in helping consumers, industry, and law-makers address the problem of spyware. The ASC is now asking the public for help in refining the draft definitions to meet the needs of the entire Internet community.

CIPPIC, the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, is the only Canadian member of the ASC.

Canadian New Media: Copyright Act protection for rights management inappropriate

An article I wrote for Canadian New Media was published today.

Both Henderson's suggestion for subscription radio and Bill C-60 is to propose to mandate or legally protect technological protection measures (TPMs) that claim to protect copyright. Henderson claims there are relatively inexpensive and simple technological fixes to accomplish his goals. When a technology vendor claims they can stop people from copying works without permission, we must ask how they accomplish this goal.

While TPMs can provide access control and authenticity, they can't directly control the creation of copies. All so-called "copy control" technologies either use access controls (like the technique used on DVD movies), or deliberate defects in the media (used on some music CDs) that behave certain ways with specific access technology.

Digital Security Coalition Concerned over Copyright Bill

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Digital Security Coalition Concerned over Copyright Bill

IT security research and technology decries new liability for circumvention of technological protection measures

Ottawa, ON – June 20, 2005 – The Digital Security Coalition ( http://www.digitalsecurity.ca ), a coalition of Canada’s leading security research businesses, today expressed concern with Bill C-60, the government’s draft copyright legislation. The legislation proposes to introduce a series of new rights to benefit copyright holders, including prohibitions on the circumvention of technological protection measures (TPMs) and on tampering with rights management information (RMI). Rights holders use TPMs and RMI like digital locks to regulate access to and use of digital content.

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