Friday, July 13, 2007

Canadian "Piracy" - The Other Side Of The Story

The issues of intellectual property, copyright infringement, and piracy are current hot topics. The media and foreign associations like the MPAA and RIAA, along with the foreign-dominated CRIA, would have you believe that Canada is a haven for copyright thieves and pirates. IP has also become a huge issue in educational circles, an issue that must be addressed as we move forward with Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web - as information use and distribution becomes universal, issues of rights and ownership and how they will be managed will need to be resolved.

Michael Geist is the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, and is an expert on these subjects. He has produced a great video refuting the industry and media claims that Canada is a huge violator of IP and copyright laws:

It's always important to get the other side of the story and Dr. Geist has done this well. I think that this video should be watched by anyone involved with information, creativity, copyright, or intellectual property so that you understand what is actually happening in Canada, not what foreign governments and industry associations and the media want you know. This is not a simple or easy set of issues to resolve, but it must be resolved by Canada for Canadians, not for and by foreign interests. Hmmm...


Kelly Christopherson said...

Thanks for the video link. I will save it for my communication class this year as we study copyright during the course. It is funny how Canada is seen as a hotspot when we know that there are many other larger hotspots that need to be put out. Yes, we do have it happening but it is good to hear the Canadian side of things. Thanks

Ian H. MacLeod said...

No problem Kelly, it's an issue that I'm dealing with my students now, and an issue that will continue to grow in importance as new, immediate, online and mobile methods of information dissemination grow.