There was no time to write anything of my own today – shoveling snow took priority. However, I highly recommend “Is the well of copyright dry? or merely poisoned?” at Reading Art. Copyright enthusiasts and Peanuts fans alike will enjoy it.
Author Robert Labossiere raises a very good point: that irrespective of the content of Bill C-32, this process has encouraged wider engagement with subject of copyright. I agree. And the best route to political change is through education. [No pun intended.**]
** For readers who are new to my blog, in June 2010 the Government of Canada proposed making changes to the copyright exception of fair dealing. The proposal includes allowing “education” as a permitted use. This does not sanction wholesale reproduction of copyrighted material for institutions. The use must pass a fairness test as laid out by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004 and followed by the Federal Court of Appeal in 2010. Some of my earlier postings on this subject are Bill C-32, And so it begins, Twice the fun, Second Reading, Literature, and More input.