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Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's Guide

 
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Laura Murray is an Associate Professor in the English Department of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and creator of the website www.faircopyright.ca.

 

Samuel Trosow is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. He is jointly appointed in the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.

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Concerns Mount over Civil Liberties Violations at Toronto G20 Summit
Tuesday, 29 June 2010


Criticism of the government's handling of the protests at the recent G20 summit in Toronto is mounting. Concerns include not only the use by the Ontario Cabinet of the 1939 Public Works Protection Act to vastly extend police powers, but also the actual conduct of the police on the ground during the summit. Several groups have called for full pubic inquiries.

 

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Comment Period Opens on Post-secondary Education Tariff
Sunday, 20 June 2010


The Access Copyright Post-Secondary Educational Institution Tariff has been published in the Canada Gazette, thereby commencing the 60 day comment period which will run until August 11th. 
 

While there have already been some initial reactions (see Athabasca's VP Rory McGreal's editorial claiming the tariff is a "money grab, and Access Copyright's response), the official publication will likely trigger increased scrutiny now that we are in the official comment period. (also see Fasken Martineau's Technology and IP Bulletin on the tariff).

 

AC is asking that the charge per "full-time-equivalent" student be set at $45 (for universities) and $35 (for other educational institutions).  But along with this hefty increase and the expansion of the tariff into the digital realm, the proposal contains a series of burdensome and invasive reporting requirements.

 

Now that the intial wave of comment over Bill C-32 has subsided and the next stages for the Bill seem to be delayed to the Fall, look for this tariff proposall to generate most of the heat in the coming months.

 

More analysis to follow. . .

 


 
Initial Reactions to Copyright Bill
Friday, 04 June 2010

 

Here are some early reactions to Bill C-32, the Copyright Modernization Act . . .

 

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A Holistic Model of Information Policy
Tuesday, 27 April 2010

 

Here is an article entitled A Holistic Model of Information Policy appearing in the current issue of Feliciter (the magazine of the Canadian Library Association). This theme issue on Information Policy was edited by Kirsti Nilsen and Heather Morrison and contains several other articles on various aspects of information policyincluding network neutrality, copyright and open access.

 

Unfortunately, the articles are not yet linked from the Feliciter page. but I will attempt to provide links to the other articles as they become available.

 The issue is now available as a pdf here.

 

 
Why Copyright Fair-Dealing Needs Flexibility
Sunday, 14 March 2010

Here is my article that ran in the March 12th Lawyers Weekly  (Volume 29, Number 41, Focus on Intellectual Property section) . . .

 

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Support UWO's Librarians and Archivists
Friday, 30 October 2009

Librarians and Archivists at the University of Western Ontario are in a struggle to preserve their professional autonomy. They remain steadfast in the face of repeated attempts by an employer determined to de-professionalize their work. This is an employer that refuses to agree to transparent and equitable standards of job performance. The Globe and Mail ranks Western's librarians and archivists tops among Canadian universities, yet they remain the worst paid academic librarians and
archivists in the country.

So, what can you do to help support Western's Librarians and Archivists?  Here are some ideas:

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I am an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario jointly appointed to the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS).

 

Before coming to Western, I was a law librarian at the Boalt Hall Law Library at the University of California at Berkeley and before that I was in private law practice in California. My doctoral work in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA focused on information policy issues.

 

I am currently a Network Investigator and Theme Leader with the GRAND NCE and also serve on the Librarians Committee of the  Canadian Association of University Teachers.



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