From "Radical Extremism" to "Balanced Copyright": Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda

Michael Geist, Weblog, Oct 14, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Open Access online book about copyright law reform in Canada, edited by Michael Geist, a University of Ottawa law professor and newspaper columnist who has made a well-respected name for himself writing about and analyzing the field. "This book represents an effort by some of Canada's leading copyright experts to shift away from the sloganeering that has marked the debate to date by moving toward an informed analysis of Bill C-32... to assess Canada's plans for copyright reform and the digital agenda in this timely volume that features context for the reforms, analysis of its impact on technology, business, education, and creators." Two essays directly address copyright and education, Margaret Ann Wilkinson on copyright collectives, and Samuel E. Trosow on fair dealing. I must say, though, that it is very off-putting to have to check a box "agreeing" to the Creative Commons license. It's irrelevant whether or not agree; the license is the license, and I resent being drawn into the publisher's fantasy-worldl.
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