Tagged: michaelgeist


Minister moore and the myth of market forces

I too believe that consumers should choose what they want. But if the Minister were a true free market advocate he wouldn’t believe in copyright reform. Indeed, he wouldn’t believe in copyright at all. In a true free market, there’d be no copyright legislation because the market would decide how to deal with intellectual property. […]

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Infrastructures

With all the talk about restarting the economy (US) or preventing more important slow downs (Canada), a solution oft proposed is to spend on infrastructure, creating jobs. In Québec I would certainly support that, it’s an old school solution that doesn’t encourage new forms of transportation but the existing infrastructure does need a good upgrade. […]

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Why Copyright?

Last week Michael Geist was in Montréal and he gave an excellent talk title Why Copyright, it was recorded so if you missed it :

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Your PVR might make you an outlaw

Surprisingly for a political party that typically promotes “market-based solutions,” the bill introduces a complex regulatory framework for everyday consumer activities and represents an unprecedented incursion into the property rights of millions of Canadians… The bill prohibits transferring a copy of most commercial DVDs to a portable video player. It blocks parents from creating backup […]

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Geist On Strombo

Love those guys! Michael Geist appeared on Strombo to talk about Fair Copyright for Canada. Not much new info if you’ve been following the issue but still worth a watch.

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How next billion will shape net

The next billion will differ in more ways than just geography. Most new internet users will not speak English as their first language, which should lead to increased pressure to accommodate different languages within the domain name system… Moreover, many new internet users will have different cultural and societal views on hot-button issues such as […]

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Canada’s Digital Info Strategy Stuck in an Analog World

The strategy makes for sobering reading – Canada may have once been a world-leader in Internet access, yet today it finds itself years behind other countries in developing a clearly focused strategy to link digital access with digital information. Most of our major trading partners, including the United States, European Union, Australia, New Zealand, and […]

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Music Publisher’s Takedown Strikes The Wrong Chord

This case is enormously important from a public domain perspective. If Universal Edition is correct, then the public domain becomes an offline concept, since posting works online would immediately result in the longest copyright term applying on a global basis. Moreover, there are even broader implications for online businesses. According to Universal Edition, businesses must […]

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Gov’t Commissioned Study Finds P2P Downloaders Buy More Music

When assessing the P2P downloading population, there was “a strong positive relationship between P2P file sharing and CD purchasing. That is, among Canadians actually engaged in it, P2P file sharing increases CD purchases.” The study estimates that one additional P2P download per month increases music purchasing by 0.44 CDs per year.—Gov’t Commissioned Study Finds P2P […]

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A Digital Economy Blueprint For the New Industry Minister

I hope Jim Prentice, Canada’s new industry minister prioritizes the list of issues Michael Geist so kindly outlined for him.

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Canadian Culture and Data Issues

As happens regularly, Michael Geist is writing up a storm and I can barely keep up just reading it in between everything else. A few things you shouldn’t miss: Canadian Cultural Policy Must Adapt to an Internet World As the importance of the Internet and new media grows, the Canadian cultural strategy must surely adapt […]

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