Records Indicate Government Misusing Crown Copyright

Michael Geist, Weblog, May 13, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The headline is somewhat misleading, as this article mostly describes the differences between Crown Copyright in Canada as compared to the American way of doing things. It is relevant here because much of my own work is covered under Crown Copyright. The key aspects here are, first, that the government never transfers copyright to publishers - something I applaud - and second, that explicit permission is required to republish Crown work. In my case, this means messing around with 'License to Publish' forms (in a policy regime that is utterly silent on blogs, video recordings of presentations, and the like). The Creative Commons license on my website holds - I pay for my website out of my own pocket - but the non-commercial part of the license keeps everybody well to the safe side of the (very) fuzzy boundary.
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