University of Ottawa Press has just published "The Copyright Pentalogy : How the Supreme Court of Canada shook the foundations of Canadian copyright law", edited by Michael Geist. It has been released as an ebook under a creative commons license, and can be found here for your reading pleasure.
Today Access Copyright issued a media release stating that it will bring legal action against York University in relation to York's Fair Dealing Policy. In addition, legal steps have been taken towards the K-12 sector. We will, of course, be watching this situation closely.
This article, by Arno Rosenfeld, features UBC counsel Hubert Lai discussing UBC's decision to move away from Access Copyright for their rights management. The article provides thorough and balanced background on the Access/Post-secondary tug-of-war of the past several years, albeit from a UBC perspective. A good overview for those who want to familiarize themselves with the issues.
The Economist | Feb 20, 2013
"LESLIE KLINGER knows more about Sherlock Holmes than nearly any other living scholar. Among his two-dozen books about the fictional detective is the exhaustive "The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes", which offers notes on the four novels and 56 stories written about Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
But when it comes to imagining new adventures for the London-based Holmes, Mr Klinger has run into trouble. At issue is a new compilation of Holmes-derived stories which Mr Klinger has edited with Laurie King, a mystery novelist. Conan Doyle's heirs claim that they have the right to extract license fees or suppress publication. Mr Klinger has responded by filing a lawsuit in a federal court in Chicago, arguing that he has not infringed copyright as the content in question is now in the public domain."
For more on the story see: http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2013/02/public-domain
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