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Now, I know what you're thinking: "Did he file six
interventions or only five?" To tell the truth, in all the excitement I kind
of lost track myself. So what you should be asking yourself is, "Do I feel
Industry Canada's "Intellectual Property Policy Directorate" and the
Canadian Heritage Ministry are reviewing Canada's copyright laws with an eye
to modernize them to take into account new digital technologies. Some
people are fearful that this could herald Canadian legislation parallelling
the DMCA or, worse, the SSSCA. The Government asked for submissions from
concerned members of the public, and there've been a lot of those.
Q: Where should I start reading first?
A: You should start with the list of Top 12
Copyright reform issues, then come back here and read the more detailed
items that interest you on the lists below.
This page is one of three overlapping links pages I maintain; depending
on your interests, you may find better-focused material on one of the
The Justice Department's comment process on "lawful access" (introduction
of a wiretapping regime to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on
Cybercrime) is not really about copyright, but it's closely related. I'm
not following it as closely, but I did write a
submission. For more detailed information I recommend
Jason Young's page on
the Cybercrime consultation. Here are some other links:
Kellner (Turner Broadcasting) interview in which he claims that the
"tolerance for going to the bathroom" comment was not serious, but
repeats his claim that fast-forwarding through commercials will kill
television as we know it. (12 July 2002)
The original posters of the Jamie Kellner "I guess there's a certain
amount of tolerance for going to the bathroom" interview have made that
page of their site pay-only. Since they apparently want to avoid any
chance of benefiting from the publicity of the article, I'm going to help
by not mentioning their name. Instead, here's a link to an item in
Shifted Librarian containing pertinent excerpts. (April 29, 2002)
Testimony on Home Recording of
Copyrighted Works before the Subcommittee on Courts, Civil Liberties,
and the Administration of Justice of the Committee on the Judiciary,
[U.S.] House of Representatives, Ninety-Seventh Congress. From 1982,
various movie and television industry representatives claim that
fast-forwarding through commercials will kill television as we know it.
Source of the Jack Valenti "Boston Strangler" quote.
by Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) from 7 December 1906, in favour
of copyright as a natural right, and infinite term extension (although he
acknowledges that that would not be Constitutional).
Statute of Anne, or more formally An Act for the Encouragement of
Learning, by Vesting the Copies of Printed Books in the Author's [sic] or
Purchasers of Such Copies 8 Anne, c. 19 (1709), often thought of as
the first modern copyright law.
list" - an index to the govt.-posted submission documents, filtered
based on similarity to the EFF form letter and labelled as to length.
Intended to be useful if you're trying to read all of the hundreds of
submissions. Also, my (Matthew Skala's) working notes on others'
submissions used while writing my response submissions. This will
eventually be cleaned up and posted on ansuz.sooke.bc.ca; it's at
edifyingfellowship.org for the moment for convenience in updating.