Bill C-61: Links to Useful Information
Following are some links of interest to those who wish to study Bill C-61 and related issues. The lists below should be considered a work in-progress; the hope is that they will be expanded as time permits. The best way to make sure that this happens would be for you, the reader, to email your links and comments to: info at montrealfamily dot net.
Updated 2008-06-21: Many thanks to Dr. Michael Geist and Fair Copyright Canada for many of the links below.
The home page for the Government of Canada Copyright Reform Process is here. This page contains a number of links to additional information from Industry Canada including background information and FAQs. This page also contains links to the bill itself, which can be found at the Parliament of Canada web site. The document is available in various formats:
- View Bill C-61 in your browser. The link to the web version of the document is here.
- A copy of the document in PDF format can be found here. If you already have the Adobe Acrobat software installed on your computer, you can click the link and, after the file loads into your browser, click on the icon of the floppy disk to save the file to your hard disk.
There are many web pages of interest to serious students of this subject. Various groups and organizations have been involved for some time in matters related to copy rights. For the most part, these are American groups that have been involved in litigation related to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA,) which has been roundly criticized as a disaster for Fair Use rights in the United States. Following are a few links to web sites and published articles.
Canadian Copyright Web Sites
Title / Comment
From the About page on the site: 'Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law.'
Another web site by Dr. Michael Geist of the University of Ottawa. This is the home site for many of the related Facebook groups.
Site contains a great deal of useful information.
Maintained by a gentleman who has been blogging about Intellectual
Property and Copy Rights for at least two and a half years.
Fair Copyright for Canada, a Facebook group.
A web site that helps people send their messages to Members of Parliament.
Canadian News Media Articles
Title / Comment
A Week in the Life of the Canadian DMCA: Specific examples of common activities and their consequences under the new law (if enacted.)
51st State - The Fight to Save Canada (A Comic book in PDF format!) Quote: "Canadian Artists find existing laws restrictive, and most assume that new legislation will only increase constraints."
Not all sides are represented in debate on copyright bill
'Win-win' Copyright Act still has plenty of losers
Vanoc prepares for counterfeiters
Angus Reid Strategies
Angus Reid Poll: Canadians Evenly Split on Proposed Amendments to Copyright Act
Michael McNamara, Chair,
The Documentary Organization
of Canada, Toronto
Fodder for a good documentary (Letter to the Editor)
The Canadian DMCA: What You Can Do
Big Brother eyes MP3 players
Editorial: Made-in-America copyright law
DMCA Web Sites & Articles
Title / Comment
Copyright Office web site. Contains complete copies of
U.S. laws related to Copy Rights and Intellectual Property
section of the The Electronic Frontier Foundation web
site. Also contains links to information about Intellectual
Property and Patent issues.
This article originally posted on Montreal Family .net