[kwlug-disc] Fw: The Copyright Debate - Jan 18

Paul Nijjar paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Thu Jan 7 18:38:45 EST 2010


I thought this might be of interest to LUGgers. Sorry for the terrible formatting of the message below. 

- Paul

--- On Thu, 1/7/10, Evan Coole <evan at wpirg.org> wrote:

> From: Evan Coole <evan at wpirg.org>
> Subject: [wpirg announce] The Copyright Debate - Jan 18
> To: announce at lists.wpirg.org
> Received: Thursday, January 7, 2010, 5:12 PM
> 
> The Copyright Debate - Jan
> 18 
> WPIRG
> Presents:
> 
> 
> The Copyright Debate: Finding the Right Balance for
> Teaching,
> Research, and Cultural Expression
> 
> with Dr. Sam Trosow
> 
> 5:30pm, Monday, January 18
> RCH 301, University of
> Waterloo
> 
> 
> 
> Copyright issues are becoming increasingly important on
> university
> campuses as the debate over the future of copyright policy
> intensifies. On one side are advocates of more restrictions
> on
> copyrighted material to protect the proprietary interests
> of
> rights-owners. On the other side are those who want to
> ensure broader
> access and use for teaching, learning, research and
> cultural
> expression. The intensity of the controversy has only been
> sharpened
> by new digital information technologies which facilitate
> new forms of
> creativity but also threaten existing business models in
> the
> publishing and entertainment industries.
> 
> 
> Students are crucial
> participants in this
> debate as they are both creators of new copyrighted works
> as well as
> users of the works of others. They also bear the
> disproportionate
> burdens of unduly restrictive copyright policies in the
> forms of
> additional fees and costs for course materials. While
> teaching,
> learning, research and cultural production depend on having
> policies
> that strike the right balance between the rights of
> creators, owners
> and users of copyrighted works, on many campuses this
> balance is
> skewed in favor of the needs of commercial
> publishers.
> 
> 
> This presentation will provide a brief overview of Canadian
> Copyright
> law, consider how it is practised on university campuses,
> and ask how
> the appropriate balance can be struck that will adequately
> protect
> creators while not becoming an impediment to teaching,
> learning,
> research and cultural expression.
> 
> 
> Dr. Samuel Trosow is an
> Associate Professor
> at The University of Western Ontario jointly appointed to
> the Faculty
> of Law and the Faculty of Information & Media Studies
> (FIMS).
> Trosow's research, which is at the intersection of
> Library &
> Information Science and Law, focuses on information policy
> issues,
> particularly copyright. He teaches courses on international
> intellectual property, information policy, the political
> economy of
> information policy and is offering a new course this term
> on
> Copyright, Creativity, Technology and the Music Industry.
> He is a
> frequent speaker on copyright policy issues and is the
> co-author of
> Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's Guide (with Laura
> Murray, Between
> the Lines, 2007). He is a member of the Copyright Working
> Group of the
> Canadian Library Association. He maintains a website at
> http://samtrosow.ca where he comments on copyright and
> other
> issues.
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