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June 14, 2004

What Colour Is Your Paradigm, Part II

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University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist, analyzing responses to a previous column on the future of copyright in Canada:


The conflicting responses reflect two very different visions of the Internet. Those calling for stronger copyright protections, including the Bulte committee, view the Internet primarily as a new distribution channel and method to copy. In their view, new copyright laws are therefore needed to control unsanctioned copying and to restore appropriate levels of compensation.

Those concerned about the effects of greater protections view the Internet primarily as a technology for creating, not a technology for copying. For this group, represented by the millions of Internet users that post messages to newsgroups, maintain blogs, or actively share their work online, the Internet is not a spectator sport. From their perspective, copyright law should support innovative and creative work, not obstruct it.

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1. Chris Brand on June 14, 2004 1:55 PM writes...

I wanted to bring people's attention to stuff going on in Canada right now.

We have an election at the end of the month.
The Digital Copyright Canada forum has a list of questions for candidates and is collecting their responses on the website (www.digital-copyright.ca).

We also have our Petition for Users' Rights under Copyright which we're gathering signatures for. This will be presented to the new Parliament to show them that there are more stakeholders than just the rights-holders and intermediaries.

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