Click pic to read about Canada’s now vanquished Captain Copyright

The universities of Western Ontario and Toronto have signed a deal with Access Copyright that allows for surveillance of faculty correspondence, unjustified restriction to copyrighted works and two million dollars in fees that will be passed along to students.

The agreement reached last month with the licensing agency includes provisions defining e-mailing hyperlinks as equivalent to photocopying a document, an annual $27.50 fee for every full-time equivalent student and surveillance of academic staff email.

At least all we have to worry about is this.

  1. What? says:

    The dirty truth is that “education is a racket.”

    As a species, would would be better off being left alone to learn, and share what we’ve learned by our own initiatives. Much like the gentlemen scientists did of old.

    Today, modest souls are richer than the vast majority of American people of 150 years ago. Yet they waste their lives earning a living that fills their homes and minds with garbage.

  2. deowll says:

    The fans of a police state are at work again. Some are liberals/progressives and some are so called conservatives. The thing both groups have in common is anything for a buck and they fear their voters.

    I wonder if they have exemptions for congress critters built into this bill? That is the kind of thing you can expect from this kind of scum. One set of laws for the pleb and another for the patricians.

    Just a matter of time before they try to change the laws so they are protected for life from any illegal actions by congress critters if they haven’t already.

    • Animby says:

      Deowll. you confuse me. This was two universities. In Canada. Your diatribe against congress critters, and “this bill” and a police state, do not make any sense at all. Calm down. Take a Valium and reread the post…

  3. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    Reminds me of the blank CD tax scam.

  4. Hmeyers2 says:

    “It’s on the fast-track to becoming law, and it’s authored by Rep. Lamar Smith, who created SOPA.”

    Isn’t it strange his mother and father knew he’d be a lamer, and named him accordingly at birth?

  5. Skeptic says:

    “Two injudicious universities have sullied Canada’s reputation. One word comes to mind that adequately describes the U of T and Western University… assholes.

    “The Supreme Court of Canada is expected to clarify the educational use of copyrighted works in the coming months, a move that could undercut Access Copyright’s bargaining position. In sharp contrast to Western and U of T, many universities have opted out of agreements with the licensing agency or are fighting its demands at the Copyright Board of Canada.”

  6. Animby says:

    So, if the students pay their $27.50, does that mean they get to get copy anything they want? In unlimited quantities? Can I get a student at U of T to download movies for me and send me the DVDs? And if students have to pay the fees, why are they surveilling the faculty? I so easily get confused in my dotage.

  7. Hmeyers2 says:

    The fact this stupid Acccess Copyright retardedness was only able to affect one college in Canada tells me they better milk this for all it is worth.

  8. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    Self taught casual computer user for 25 years and just discovered what “number lock”/alt/Number Pad is all about.

    Anybody else know what these computers can do?

    ▲▼ !”#$%&’





    ○◙♂ !”τ▐▀WXZM

  9. Uncle Patso says:

    With the cost of college education reaching crippling heights, instructors are trying to ease the financial burden a bit by handing out packets of photocopied pages from pertinent sources that might otherwise be inaccessible to the students, whether because of cost or unavailability.

    This practice has become so ingrained that local copy shops usually carry a long list of such packets, which are sold to the students for the cost of copying, which, of course, the “We Must Protect All IP At Any Cost” types hate.

    I think that’s the kind of thing behind this rather than shared music or movies.

  10. Lou says:

    Uncle Dave, u missed the big story in Canada this week.
    Vic Toews – The Minster of Public Safety tried to run Bill-C 30 threw parliament last week. This would give the cops the right to go to an ISP and get information without a warrent. So Vic was getting heat in parliament during question period. Then he came up with this beauty. You can either stand with us or the child pornographers.
    So some guy put up a account on Twitter. vicileaks30. This told of Vics divorce info from 2008. As it turns out, Vic was banging the babysitter. The vicileaks30 site was removed from Twitter on Friday.
    No one in the media in canada will mention that Vic was banging the babysitter. It’s like a third rail for the media in Canada.
    On a side note. I saw u on the lang & O’Leary show on Friday. They gave u time to speak your mind.

  11. Dr Spearmint Fur says:

    The Conservatives in Canada are trying to tie this internet child pornography. “If you’re against this bill then you’re in favour of child porn and abuse.”

    You guys in the US should expect the Republicans to swing in with the same tactic this year.

  12. LibertyLover says:

    Balderdash, all of it.

    If you send an email with the name of a book and the dewey decimal classification in it so your bud can find it, what is the difference?

    Even links to scanned images that are in clear violation of copyright law should not be illegal. That borders on Thought Police enforcement.

    • Hmeyers2 says:

      | Very nice thinking there.

    • Animby says:

      When you think of it, the Dewey number IS a link. But, then, so is a title…

      • LibertyLover says:

        Exactly. And so is any other way a person chooses to organize data into information. That includes FAT tables on a disk or a database of all webpages on the internet.

        And this is what pisses me off about the whole thing. Just because it’s a more efficient “card catalog” doesn’t mean it violates some ethos on infringement.

        Efficiency is supposed to be the result of technological progress, not the bane.

  13. Publius says:

    >As a species, would would be better off being left alone to learn, and share what we’ve learned by our own initiatives.


  14. scandihoovian says:

    The problem with internet enforcement is that the internet users have already had ‘blue fin’, we aren’t going to accept that ‘yellow fin’ bullshit in place for the same price. The bar has been set and so has my internet palate.

  15. For me this is could idea, intellectual properties should be protected. However, there are some students that cannot afford to have new books so they prefer books. I agree with the idea but I think it would be less considerate to some.

  16. For me this is good could idea, intellectual properties should be protected. However, there are some students that cannot afford to have new books so they prefer photocopied. I agree with the idea but I think it would be less considerate to some.

  17. Aw, this was a really good post. Taking the time and actual effort to create a really good article… but what
    can I say… I procrastinate a lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.


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