Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Copyright Myths -- Michael Geist's presentation

No kidding? Canada has legislation that is even stronger than U.S. legislation in some cases?

Michael Geist's short presentation to the Public Policy Forum's copyright symposium in April 2008 focusing on five "copyright myths" that have misleadingly cast Canada as weak on intellectual property and promoted the introduction of new copyright reforms.

Short version:
    1. The Importance of Copyright - copyright is important, but investment decisions, creativity and new business models are products of much more than just an IP framework as venture capital, tax structures, talent, competitive communications, and government support are all part of the decision making process.
    2. Consultations and Reforms - while some argue that Canada has engaged in lengthy consultations with little action, I argue that the opposite is true
    3. Canada in the World - lobby groups and the U.S. have been vocal in criticizing Canadian copyright law, yet a closer look reveals that Canadian law stands up impressively by world (and U.S.) standards
    4. Copyright in the World - the U.S. would have you believe that all countries must mirror the DMCA, however, the truth is that there is great flexibility in how any country can move forward with digital copyright reform
    5. Copyright Consensus - most seem to believe that copyright is too divisive to achieve consensus, but I argue that there is already a broad consensus on an approach that rejects the DMCA and emphasizes balance
    From Michael Geist's website

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