Thursday, October 23, 2008 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Vancouver Public Library - Central Branch, Lower Level
Alice MacKay Room, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver BC
"Why Copyright? The Fight for Canada's Digital Future"
Michael Geist , Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law
Registration for this free public lecture is required. Please follow instructions until you see a confirmation of your registration. You will also receive a confirmation via e-mail. Please contact the BCLA Office
This lecture is being held in conjunction with the BC Library Association's Information Policy Conference, Oct. 23-24, 2008. For more information, please see http://www.bcla.bc.ca/jumpstarting
In June 2008, the Canadian government introduced Bill C-61, new copyright legislation that closely followed the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The public response to the bill was both immediate and angry - tens of thousands of Canadians wrote to the Minister and their local Members of Parliament, leading to town hall meetings, negative press coverage, and the growing realization that copyright was fast becoming a mainstream political and policy issue.
The "Canadian copy-fight", which includes many new advocacy groups and the Fair Copyright for Canada Facebook group that has over 90,000 members, has attracted considerable attention from the mainstream media, with many wondering how copyright had emerged as a contentious policy issue. This talk will assess both the legislative proposals and the Canadian copyfight experience in an effort to answer the oft-asked question "why copyright?”
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