Thursday, March 24, 2005

In other Parliament Press Release news...

I imagine certain Canadian bloggers with a better understanding of copyright issues will be poring over the upcoming amendments to the Copyright Act that will "implement the provisions of the 1996 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Treaties, clarify liability for Internet service providers, facilitate the use of the Internet for educational and research purposes, and harmonize the treatment of photographers with that of other creators."

Here's why bloggers should be concerned about WIPO and here's Will Pate's petition from November (clearly it didn't work) calling "upon the Government of Candada to ignore the recommendation of the standing committee on Canadian Heritage to ratify the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT)."


For fun, you can read some of 700 submissions the Departments of Industry and of Canadian Heritage received regarding possible amendments to the Copyright Act. There's Canadian science-fiction writer Cory Doctorow's submission and the Canadian Association of Research Library's influential submission and one from the Canadian Newspaper Association.

And then there's this one from, er, The Edifying Fellowship of Ook, who might have had more attention paid to their views if they hadn't tried to make their submission look and sound like an ancient scroll.

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