Many folks sent me this link today -- thanks to all, especially Sandy, who was first. Sandy, you win a beer.
This article by Simon Doyle in the Hill Times shows how those most invested in copyright reform are being cautious and judicious, and taking their time to study Bill C-61 before re-engaging with government to express their likes and dislikes, and to suggest potential amendments.
It's a lot less exciting than endless speculation on our apparent rapid descent into fascism, but it's so damn Canadian it fills me with pride. I particularly like how consumer advocates are included under the umbrella label, "lobby groups." How can this term be a stand-in for "evil emissaries" if it applies to everyone?
And I hope regular readers of this blog have noticed the appearance of a new feature. I've joined iCopyright, a new copyright tagging service promoted in Canada by the good people at Access Copyright. It's still being tested, and is in early stages, but it does look to be a seamless and simple system for all involved in the use and commerce of online intellectual property -- certainly the written kind. Gone is the excuse, "but there was no indication that I couldn't just use it for my own purposes." I mean, that excuse was never valid, but with iCopyright's clickable licensing interface, respect for online intellectual property has never been easier.
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