A Licence With Limited Value: Copyright Board Delivers Devastating Defeat to Access Copyright - Michael Geist

The Copyright Board painstakingly reviewed copy after copy to ensure that they were all fairly compensated. As had been readily apparent for years, the problem facing Access Copyright is not that copies are not valued, but rather that its licence is not valuable. The Board's analysis makes it clear that the licence only applies in a tiny number of circumstances given a reasonable reading of fair dealing, insubstantial copying, alternative licensing, and a repertoire that has limits....

May 25, 2015 · 2 min

david letterman on copyright

every conversation with faculty members about copyright goes something like this…

September 21, 2014 · 1 min

on the Pearson/edublogs brouhaha

So it looks like Pearson sent a DMCA takedown notice to edublogs and their hosting provider. And edublogs' hosting provider crumbled and took down 1.4 million websites in response. To be clear, Pearson didn't take anything down. I'm guessing a legal intern or bot followed an algorithm (search for known strings, run a Whois, send email…). And the hosting provider, who should have told the legal intern to frack off and take their silly misguided takedown requests with them, decided to turn off websites rather than having to risk paying their own lawyers to fight the request....

October 17, 2012 · 2 min

Michael Geist - Educational Fair Dealing Policy Shows Why the Access Copyright Licence Provides Little Value

via Michael Geist - Educational Fair Dealing Policy Shows Why the Access Copyright Licence Provides Little Value. Comparing the scope of the copying rights under fair dealing and the Access Copyright licence provides a good sense of why the licence now provides little value. Note that before considering either fair dealing or the Access Copyright licence, educational institutions will first rely on hundreds of site licenses that grant access to millions of articles and other materials or on the millions of open access works that are freely available online....

October 1, 2012 · 1 min

University of Calgary opts out of Access Copyright

The Provost announced today: The University of Calgary has announced that they will not enter into an Access Copyright model licence but instead will manage copyright compliance and payments in-house. The Copyright Office in Libraries and Cultural Resources has been expanded and new tracking software, Ares, has been purchased. Information Technologies is working closely with LCR to implement the software, integrate it with Blackboard and link it to other campus systems as required....

August 27, 2012 · 1 min

CBC News and photo credits?

I was just checking my RSS feeds, and saw an article from CBC News. I thought to myself, “hey! I’ve seen that photo somewhere. wait a minute… I think I took that photo…” Some quick poking around on my gallery site, and hey presto. Yup. I shot it back in June, 2009, not far from my house. Looking at the article on CBC’s site, there doesn’t seem to be any mention of that fact....

July 19, 2012 · 2 min

Michael Geist - Why the Supreme Court's Copyright Decisions Eviscerate Access Copyright's Business Model

The cumulative effect is clear: schools can rely more heavily on fair dealing for the copying that takes place on campus and in the classroom. This includes copies made by teachers for students for instructional purposes, copies that previously formed a core part of Access Copyright's claim of the necessity of a license. Indeed, it will be very difficult for educational institutions to justify the Access Copyright license in light of this decision....

July 17, 2012 · 1 min

macaques and copyright?

The story of the [monkeys that snapped photographs of themselves](http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2011051/Black-macaque-takes-self-portrait-Monkey-borrows-photographers-camera.html) made the rounds last week. A photographer's gear was borrowed by a band of monkeys, and they managed to squeeze off a few photos of themselves. Some of the photos are actually very interesting. **Photograph on left copyright 2011, an unnamed macaque somewhere in Indonesia. Photograph on right copyright 2011, another unnamed macaque somewhere in Indonesia.** Here's where it gets muddy....

July 12, 2011 · 2 min

kind of blue (about copyright law)

Duncan Davidson, a photographer I've admired for years (he's one of the guys behind the dailyshoot project), wrote up a fantastic description of the recent Kind of Bloop/Blue photograph copyright brouhaha. A photographer, Jay Maisel, takes an iconic photograph of Miles Davis. It's an amazing photograph. It's used for the cover of Davis' Kind of Blue album. Wonderful stuff. [caption id="attachment_4951" align="aligncenter" width="530" caption="Pixel-art image by Andy Baio. Photograph by Jay Maisel....

June 24, 2011 · 3 min

Lawrence Lessig's EDUCAUSE Keynote

If you haven't watched Lessig's fantastic, passionate keynote yet, watch it. (link to the video, in case it gets stripped from the RSS) It's worth it, if for no other reason than to get your own Certificate of Entitlement, signed by Lawrence Lessig:

November 10, 2009 · 1 min