CBC Radio One technology columnist Jesse Hirsh understands technology. Yesterday he was interviewed on Toronto's Metro Morning show about the issue of digital course packs and copyright. Hear the full interview at this link:
Course Pack Copyright
JESSE HIRSH: ...the digital platform allows the course packs go digital but not the regulatory regime that guarantees people will get paid. The Copyright Board of Canada has presented a tariff that would act as an interim. But over 30 Canadian Universities are saying: “Forget about it. We’re going to ignore your tariff. We’re going outside of the system”, partly as a pressure to sort of say: “Look we want something that benefits us more.” But it also is a kind of civil disobedience that will basically allow them to save costs by not paying for the content that they distribute….
MATT GALLOWAY: And for the students what does it mean for them?
JESSE HIRSH: If they see their universities and the main authority in their lives, professors, defy copyright law... So it’s really not a good situation, not for authors or publishers, not really for students and researchers. It’s why we need a system that’s legal that allows people to share knowledge openly but still allow the producers to get paid.
Thanks to Barry Sookman for the tip, and the transcription.