New Copyright Drop-In Office Hours

Permalink 09/09/14 12:38 , Categories: News


The UVic Copyright Office is offering new drop-in office hours for faculty, staff and students who have questions about copyright. You can find us on the main floor, room 135e - in the Academic Commons - between 12:30 and 1:30 pm on Tuesdays.

Access Copyright answers awkward questions posed by the Copyright Board

Permalink 04/16/14 10:04 , Categories: Access Copyright


Howard Knopf ( and Michael Geist ( have begun to unpack Access Copyright's responses to the Copyright Board's questions from Feb.18th. The Copyright Board has asked Access to explain certain aspects of their board submission. I am particularly enjoying Access's rationale behind attaching the copyright tariff to acts of linking/hyperlinking. Their response explains that linking is "telecommunication" and "making available to the public".

If hyperlinking without permission is illegal, 99.99% of the internet is breaking the law. AC does concede a lack of evidence, and "has no objection to the Board removing this permitted use from the certified tariff", but then goes on to provide legal justification for the inclusion of links and hyperlinks in the tariff.

According to #54 of the Board Submission, Access Copyright asserts that displaying a work on your computer screen can be defined as copying because "viewing a Digital Copy electronically (through a monitor, laptop, tablet, smartphone, e-reader, or other device) is the quintessence of digital copying". Please discuss.

Malak's lawsuit against Avatar screenplay dismissed

Permalink 03/21/14 13:57 , Categories: News, Litigation

CBC New | March 20, 2014

"The B.C.-based copyright infringement lawsuit against James Cameron and the creators of the 2009 blockbuster movie Avatar was dismissed in Canada's Federal Court Thursday.

In a news release sent Thursday morning, 20th Century Fox Film said that after the first day of hearings, the complainant, Emil Malak, approached Cameron's counsel and said he no longer wanted to pursue his lawsuit."


For more on the story see:

Copyright Conference, May 26-27, 2014 Victoria, BC

Permalink 03/05/14 09:13 , Categories: News, Access Copyright

 EARLY BIRD registration has been extended to April 22!

Theme for the conference: Jumping off the (Leg)islation. The spirit behind this theme is moving forward in our new Canadian copyright environment – methods, issues and ideas.

 Our keynote speakers are:

Kimberley Christen Withey, Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Digital Technology and Culture program, Department of English, Washington State University

Topic: Copyright and Traditional Knowledge

Paul Stacy, Associate Director of Global Learning for Creative Commons

Topic: The ABC's of CC - Using Creative Commons (CC) to generate a global public commons of knowledge and culture

The conference program is available at:

Location: University of Victoria, Victoria, BC Canada.

We’d love to see you at the conference!

Harvard Prof wins Fair use case

Permalink 02/27/14 15:48 , Categories: Access Copyright


Dr. Lawrence Lessig of Harvard Law School, successfully defends his use of snippets of music from the Australian band, Phoenix, in his YouTube lecture. Via, @creativecommons

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