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Copyrant

Hello happy reader,

As a media producer, tool vendor or, consumer of art, literature and entertainment, copyright law should be an important facet of your day to day. In fact, most businesses, regardless of product or service, are impacted by copyright law whether they recognize it or not. Here in the US, copyright law has gone the way of most other recent governmental trends in that laws now protect corporate interests, not the artist who creates a work. Nowadays, not only works of art are grossly overly protected, but naturally occurring organisms, gene sequences and patently prior art are as well.

Beginning in the 1960s and over a forty year period, the legal definition of “public domain” became increasingly restrictive, a shadow of its former self. This march toward unreasonable protection culminated in the 1998 DMCA, a misstep in oh so many ways. In June of this year, when Canadian officials began the process (with a long “o”) of crafting their own version, they received an unexpected storm of public input. In essence, constituents said, “Let’s not screw the pooch the way America and the EU did.”

Canadian copyright crusader Michael Geist, along with media dude/lawyer–in–waiting Daniel Albahary, recently made a film which asks Canadians from a wide range of public and private sectors the question, “Why Copyright?”. Do yourself a favor and carve out some time to view this piece as I think it will cause your to reconsider the myriad issues surrounding intellectual property protection and how you are affected.

That’s all for now. Until next time, continue to geek, carefully.

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