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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


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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Government Copyright Bill to be Introduced on Thursday PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Despite a number of false starts, it appears as if the government will finally table its Copyright Bill tomorrow, Thursday June 12th.

According to a government press release issued today, there will be a press lock-up at the National Press Building at 9:30 a.m. followed by ministerial statements at 10:45 a.m. If this schedule holds, and if indeed this is not yet another false alarm, I would expect the bill to be available to the public by mid-day.

According to a report in today’s National Post,the bill will contain  “a number of contentious provisions including: -- A $500 fine for each illegal file shared online -- Making it illegal to unlock cellphones or copy music from protected CDs to iPods -- Forbidding the right to copy "time shifted" shows onto personal video recorders if flagged by broadcasters.” The Report also indicates that the ministers will unveil the bill under the slogan "Made In Canada Copyright Reform," a claim which is highly dubious should the bill be even nearly as bad as expected. Look for a battle of the slogans with the opposition raising "Born in the U.S.A." as a retort.


While you’re waiting for the text of the bill to be released, which will no doubt be followed by an avalanche of commentary, you might want to take a look at a very impressive comic book  entitled 51st State posted on the appropriation art website.


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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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