The Return of Captain Copyright? CIPO Launches Promoting Respect for IP Rights

Michael Geist, Weblog, Jul 28, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Michael Geist reports, "The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has quietly launched a 'Promoting Respect of Intellectual Property Rights' initiative that involves 'exploring ways it can contribute more actively to promoting the respect of intellectual property rights.'" He asks, "will CIPO be including respect for fair dealing and user rights in its efforts to build respect for IP? Does its outreach efforts include user groups who may promote respect for the balance in IP?" I think we know the answer to that. Meanwhile, the main impact of IP on me today has been to make it impossible for me to view William Shatner reciting a Sarah Palin speech as poetry. It's simply unavailable in Canada. I am not a merry man.
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