Category Copyright

Douez v Facebook: Implications for Canadian Information Policy

Today I made a presentation for Lou D’Alton’s Information Policy class (LIS 9130 in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at UWO) entitled Douez v Facebook: Implications for Canadian Information Policy. I’ve posted the slides here. I believe the decision has important implications beyond the validity of the forum selection clause that was at […]

Laying the Foundation for Copyright Policy and Practice in Canadian Universities

Lisa Di Valentino will be defending her Ph.D. Dissertation entitled “Laying the Foundation for Copyright Policy and Practice in Canadian Universities” on Tuesday November 29th. The public is invited to her public lecture at 1 pm in 114 North Campus Building on the University of Western Ontario campus. Here is her abstract: Due to significant […]

Upcoming presentations at OLA Superconference

I will presenting on two panels of at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto later this week: Intellectual Property and MakerSpaces and 3D Printing (803D) Thursday January 29: 9 am –10:30am  MTCC 104A http://www.olasuperconference.ca/sessions/803d/ Speakers: Mallory Austin, Michael McNally, Samuel Trosow The session examines the issues raised by makerspaces in the context of […]

Copyright and Licensing Agreements: Are We Signing Away Our Rights?

Copyright and Licensing Agreements: Are We Signing Away Our Rights? This presentation will examine the relationship between copyright law and provisions in licensing agreements which are often in tension. Contractual provisions that seek to limit the ability of end-users (such as faculty and students) to fully utilize licensed materials are nothing new.  But in the […]

Copyright and the Modern Academic Debate Series

Copyright and the Modern Academic Debate Series 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences – Brock University Copyright law is an increasingly contentious issue for Canadian academics in their roles as teachers, researchers, and creators. In a series of three debates, co-sponsored by Brock University Council for Research in the Social Sciences (CRISS) and […]

Upcoming talks on Copyright

I have a few upcoming talks in the month of January on copyright issues: January 16th, 4:00 p.m. “Copyright@Huron: Navigating the New Copyright Landscape” Huron College-Room W116 (1349 Western Rd. – London, Ontario) January 24th, 1:00 pm at Queens University (in Kingston, Ontario) January 30th, 9:05 am (part of panel on FIMS faculty research at […]

Google’s Fair-Use Claim Prevails in the Google Books Case

The US District Court (for the Southern District of NY) has issued a decision granting summary judgment to the defendant in Authors Guild v Google. Judge Denny Chin has written a very straightforward and easy to read opinion that basically goes through the four fair-use factors. Upholding Google’s fair claim, the court concludes that: Google […]

Open Access: Historical Highlights, Issues and Policies

 In recognition of International Open Access Week (October 21st-25th), the FIMS Graduate Resource Center and the Progressive Librarians Guild (London Ontario chapter) invite you to a panel discussion on current open access issues Thursday, October 24th, noon to 1:20pm 285 North Campus Building (University of Western Ontario). Print publishing relies on enclosure of information in […]

HBR “Notice of Use Restrictions” questioned

There have recently been a number of tweets in response to an article by Joshua Gans in the Contribution Economy blog about a very curious notice of usage restriction attached to Harvard Business Review articles accessed via EBSCO. The restriction reads: Harvard Business Review and Harvard Business Publishing Newsletter content on EBSCO host is licensed […]

AUCC’s nine-pack of Fair Dealing Guidelines

The full text of the 9 revised AUCC Fair Dealing Guidelines have now been posted online on the SCRIBD website (links at excesscopyright.blogspot.ca)  and at the University of Calgary library.  I’m curious as to why AUCC does not just post them on their own website.  Why is the task of disseminating these important documents to […]