Don’t Blame Google

In an article for The Mark I suggest that we shouldn't blame Google when music blogs are shut down, since it’s the major record labels that are to blame.

Rethinking out loud about Margaret Atwood

Earlier this week I listened to (MP3) an interview of Margaret Atwood by Spartan Youth Radio reporter Madeline Lemire. I found I agreed with some of the views of Ms. Atwood. This surprised me because I was aware of some of her views on Copyright, and because of this I had become wilfully ignorant of her work. I did not want to financially support someone I felt was a political opponent.

Read full article on IT World Canada's blog >>

Sookman is partly to blame for his own complaint.

I posted the following as a comment to Michael Geist's blog. The context is Barry Sookman's ongoing claims that Canada is a "piracy haven", and that the reason is lax copyright laws.

The core of Sookman's message seemed to be that according to Torrent sites hosted in Canada, Canada has lax copyright laws. His "solution" is to change Canadian law.

But if you look at the source of the claim that Canadian law is lax, it is his clients. The legitimate solution would be for him and his clients to stop misleading people (ranging from politicians to torrent sites) about the state of Canadian law. If more Canadians believe that Canadian law is lax, then Mr Sookman and his clients are to blame -- not Canadian law.

EU pushes Canada to drop first-sale principle for art

An Ars Technica article by Nate Anderson includes:

As part of a comprehensive bilateral trade deal it's working out right now with Canada, the EU has asked for a host of intellectual property changes: Canada will need to extend its copyright terms by another two decades, will need to ban the circumvention of DRM, will need to adopt a "making available right," and must implement a "new resale" right giving creators a cut of the money every time their work is resold in the future.

Just an important reminder for those Canadian and European activists who mistakenly believe that the backward-facing pressure on Copyright all comes from the USA.

Canada's copyright regime lags behind its major trading partners..NOT

The Hill Times published a series of Copyright related articles this week. I added a comment on their site to one of the articles that repeated misinformation from old-economy lobbiests and their lawyers. While not all of the articles are available for free online (I am a subscriber/supporter) the comments are freely available.

Listening to the other side of the Copyright Wars

Last week I promoted William Patry's book, with an obvious suggestion that I agree with his viewpoint. I will be listening to him talk this evening in Ottawa (He speaks in Toronto tomorrow, October 14'th). We have Canadian examples of people from the other side of the Copyright Wars that articulate their views well, such as Barry Sookman. Please read When Creativity Goes Digital where I critiqued one of his articles.

I had a similar feeling to reading one of Mr. Sookman's articles when listening to the September 19 episode of This Week in Law which included professor Douglas Lichtman as a guest. These are people where I strongly disagree with what they are often saying, but don't think of them as disagreeable people. It is as if Mr. Sookman and Lichman are nice people who simply live in a different world as their experiences are very different from my own.

>> Read full article on IT World Canada's blog

How local TV could really matter: end of antiquated phone and cable companies

I suspect most Canadians have seen the advertisements from the Local TV Matters campaign from broadcast networks CTV (and the 'A' Channel), CBC, and Global (and Chek News). This includes some of the PSA's and songs they (ironically) make available through YouTube. You may also have seen the material from the Stop the TV Tax campaign brought to you by re-broadcasters (cable/satellite/etc companies) Bell (and Bell Aliant), Cogeco, EastLink, Telus and Rogers.

As a Canadian citizen you may feel stuck in the middle of a battle between massive television networks and massive communications (phone and cable) companies . This fee for carriage debate may turn out to be good news to Canadians in the long run as it may allow us to finally modernize our communications infrastructure.

>> Read full article on the new IT World Canada Insights blog.

Book Review: Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars

I have a growing shelf of books on copyright or other technology law or economic policy issues. William Patry's latest book, titled Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars (blog, Chapters, Amazon Canada ) makes a great addition if you are like me, as well as a great book to introduce people to the topic. You don't need the existing shelf to understand Mr. Patry's ideas, but if you find the topic interesting his 50 pages of notes and references added to the other almost 200 pages will give you great suggestions of where to go next. William will be speaking in Ottawa (October 13'th) and Toronto (October 14'th) for those who would like to hear him talk and ask questions.

>> Full article on the new IT World Canada Insight blog

Canadian dates for William Patry book tour

Tuesday, October 13 in Ottawa @ 17:00
Gowlings Moot Court Room (FTX 147), University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, 57 Louis Pasteur (Poster (PDF) - other details via University of Ottawa)
Wednesday, October 14 in Toronto: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
New Location: Moot Court Room, Flavelle House, 78 Queen’s Park (Details via

(To be updated as I receive additional information)

Book Review: Bill Patry's Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars

Fred von Lohmann posted a review of Bill Patry's book.

If you're looking for a basic primer on digital copyright, or the DMCA, or DRM, this isn't the book for you (instead, try these). Rather, Patry's contribution is to focus on the importance of metaphors and rhetoric in the policy debates (past and present) surrounding copyright.

The book has a blog.

For us Canadians, here is the Chapters/Indigo reference.

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