The Internet

The perils of trying to use Facebook for political activism

For all those people I've been in communication with on Facebook about copyright revision, they may notice something interesting: my Facebook account has been disabled. Where all the postings I have made, and likely the private messages as well, is a message such as "Post deleted 4 hours ago."

Geist: Facebook more than just a cool tool for kids

Michael Geist writes about the interesting impact of Facebook in helping launch a larger conversation on Canadian copyright. (Toronto Star, Homepage version)

While not discussed in the article, this isn't a group with a specific vision for copyright, but a conversation amongst more stakeholders in the debate than we have seen in any of the consultations.

CBC Spark: Fan fiction, the "remix culture", and the entirely new copyright debate

This week's episode of Spark includes a short interview with Daniel Gervais on the legal implications of fan fiction and remix culture. Nora also lets us know that the next episode of Search Engine will be dedicated to the topic of Copyright.

Doctorow: How Your Creepy Ex-Co-Workers Will Kill Facebook

Cory Doctorow's article in InformationWeekdescribes how Facebook and other social networks have built-in self-destructs: They make it easy for you to be found by the people you're looking to avoid.

I've personally had the very odd situation of having to un-friend someone who had a different idea of how to treat my own "Facebook friends" than I did. I ended up hearing later that this was taken as a declaration of war, and this person appears to be going around defaming my character because of it. This makes me much more careful of who I add to be a friend in the first place.

I'm not quite at the point of abandoning my Facebook ID, but I agree with Cory that it won't be long.

Heritage Minister Josée Verner stirs debate on TV fees

According to a Globe and Mail article by Grant Roberson, Heritage Minister Josée Verner waded into the highly charged battle over additional fees for television channels distributed by cable and satellite distributors. As an outsider, this seems to be a form of the same debate we are seeing with the Net neutrality.

CBC hopes to attract young, Net-savvy viewers through

A Canadian Press article by Andrea Baillie talks about how CBC wants to increase their harnessing of YouTube through the Canadian lens into YouTube content.

This is a far more sensible thing for CBC to be doing, than what some of the groups allegedly representing "creators" are asking for which is to turn Canada's Internet into something closer to China (Where excessive media regulation quickly turns into journalist jail-time).

Geist: The Internet on Cable becomes the Internet as Cable

Michael Geist's weekly technology law column (Homepage version, Ottawa Citizen version) focuses on how what was once characterized as the Internet on cable is fast becoming the "the Internet as Cable" as broadcasters, Internet service providers, and cultural groups steadily move toward the delivery of content online that bears a striking resemblance to the conventional cable model.

CRTC to study the Internet

A Playback magazine article by Patricia Bailey includes:

In an interview with Montreal newspaper La Presse, Michel Arpin said the CRTC, which in 1999 decided it would not regulate the Internet, has since changed its tune. He says the federal regulator is studying the issue and plans to hold public hearings about the Internet at the end of 2008.

Cory Doctorow: Why a rights robocop will never work

Cory Doctorow writes in the Guardian why stamping out copyright infringement is harder than the old men in suits thinks it is. He was talking about entertainment industry executives, but could just as easily be talking abut members of parliament or the executives of self-called "creator" associations like Union des artistes, the AQTIS, the APFTQ and ACTRA who also don't understand how the Internet is nothing like broadcast media (and should not be regulated as if it was).

Throne speech clouds weather, other websites

Stephen Maher reports in The Halifax Herald reports about how many government websites are now actively promoting the Throne Speech. Is this new of this "previously known as New" Government, or has this been happening for a while? It's the first time I've personally seen it.

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