June 23, 2005


Critics are charging that Bill C-60, the bill just tabled in Parliament to reform Canada's Copyright Act for our digital age, does much more to protect copyright holders (note: not necessarily creators) than to protect the fair use of copyrighted material (it's of course not much of a compliment to say that it's slightly better than the DMCA in the U.S.). I'm inclined to agree, although I have yet to review the text of the bill itself -- I have been relying on the news and third party analysis for now, but they seem consistent with the expectations set by the government on this. Plus it's not hard to guess which way this leans when the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) -- think "mini-me" to the RIAA -- effectively declares success.

Jack Kapica has a fairly long piece on this in the Globe and Mail, and the frequently quoted Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at Ottawa U., has a lot to say on the subject. Other perennial resources on this general topic (not C-60 necessarily) include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Creative Commons, and Lawrence Lessig (nothing on C-60 yet, surprisingly, although he has a recent blog entry on the aforementioned Prof. Geist).

More to follow from myself and/or Amos, who is even better with his copyrights than he is with an axe -- and that's saying something.

Posted by anatole at June 23, 2005 12:18 AM