Thursday, October 9, 2008

Free Michael Geist Lecture

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 if you do not see the confirmation page or receive the e-mail. Registration closes October 22nd, 4 p.m., or when all seats have been reserved.

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
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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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