Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: copyright/left

Bill C-61 Section 41

The published online version of Bill C-61 is difficult to manipulate. I’ve copied and posted here the English portion of the most worrying part of the Bill, Section 41, which deals with “circumvention” and “technological measures” aka digital locks.

Open Letter to Ministers re: Bill C-61

Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage House of Commons Parliament Buildings Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1A 0A6 Dear Ministers Prentice and Verner, Thank you for your email of June 12, 2008 informing me of the introduction of Bill C-61, An Act to Amend the Copyright Act. I am the founder of […]

Copyright on CBC’s Search Engine & Meeting

Canada’s copyright Minister Jim Prentice will be on CBC’s Search Engine this morn, at 11. If you miss it, you’ll be able to listen by podcast (I’ll post a link). UPDATE: here is the mp3. Have not listened yet. mp3. Here is the best primer on the issues I’ve seen yet, from Brendon Wilson. Also: […]

smithsonian on flickr commons

The Smithsonian is putting a collection of public domain photos on Flickr, part of the Flickr Commons project. Here’s an example, with this curious description: After parcel post service was introduced [in the US] in 1913, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with […]

fair copyright meeting tonight, station-c

Thursday, June 12, 2008 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Station C 5369 Blvd St. Laurent #430 Montréal, Québec H2T1S5 Montreal’s technology and creative communities are mobilizing against a new federal bill to restrict creators’ and consumers’ rights to use digital media. On June 12th, 2008, Industry Minister Jim Prentice will introduce the amendment to the […]

canadian copyright lockup?

From the Minister of Industry: The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, and the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, and Minister for La Francophonie, will deliver brief statements and answer media inquiries shortly after the tabling of a bill to amend the Copyright Act. Members of the […]

copyright law…

sometimes I feel like this too…

national post on copyright

This looks like a tide-turning event: National Post’s editorial on copyright reads: For Canada to introduce DMCA-style legislation now would do nothing but encourage nuisance lawsuits. There is nothing wrong with tough rules against copyright infringement, but criminalizing behaviour that might facilitate copyright infringement only incidentally is the wrong approach. If that road had been […]

value defined by what you can’t do

I’m batting around this idea, maybe you can help articulate it better. Here’s the basic idea: The (monetary) value of something is defined by what you can’t do with it; not by what you can do with it. I’m thinking of this particularly wrt to digital media, and the music biz. The “value” of LP […]

RIAA suing for personal copies

Question: Do you want it to be legal for you to copy your cd into mp3 format, and put it on your ipod? Or should that result in fines, jail time, beheadding? If you do wish to copy CDs to mp3 to stick em on your computer/player then tell your government that you will be […]