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Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital f...
Open Music Archive
The Open Music Archive is situated within the current discourse surrounding notions of authorship, ownership and distribution, reanimated by a porting of Free/Libre and Open Source software models to wider creative contexts. The O...
Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 27,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve ...
World Intellectual Property Organization
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, ...

News Releases

As ACTA talks resume, new leak confirms fears about threat to online free expression
2010-06-29
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders urges ACTA negotiators not to sacrifice Internet free speech and access to online information to the desire to combat piracy and the counterfeiting of copyrighted works
IFJ Calls on Writers to Demand Their Rights from Google
2009-10-30
International Federation of Journalists
the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called on all journalists who have had their books scanned by Google through its Google Book Search to claim their rights to payment.
IFJ Denounces Attempts by Freedom of Expression Group to Weaken Copyright Protection for Journalists
2013-05-20
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has today denounced a set of principles issued by Article 19 to unduly restrict creators' copyright protection.
Important Win for Fair Use in ‘Dancing Baby’ Lawsuit
2015-09-17
Electronic Frontier Foundation
A federal appeals court in San Francisco today affirmed that copyright holders must consider whether a use of material is fair before sending a takedown notice. The ruling came in Lenz v. Universal, o...
World Copyright Day: Stop Unfair Contracts for Journalists
2009-04-26
European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) condemns the widespread use of unfair contracts by media employers that deprive journalists from their authors' rights.

Sources Select Resources

Anatomy of a Copyright Coup: Jamaica's Public Domain Plundered
Malcolm, Jeremy
Article
2015
Electronic Frontier Foundation
A bill extending the term of copyright by an additional 45 years -- almost doubling it, in the case of corporate and government works -- sailed through the Jamaican Senate on June 26, after having pas...
Anti-copyright
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Authors' rights
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Avoiding Gripes About Your Gripe (or Parody) Site
Article
2009
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Here's a story we hear a lot at EFF: You think BadCo, Inc. is a bad actor and you've developed a really cool site to tell the world why. Maybe just by griping about them or maybe through a bit of paro...
Brazen, extortionate: Photographer sues Getty Images for $1bn after copyright claim on her work
Article
2016
RT
Photographer Carol M. Highsmith is suing Getty Images for $1 billion in damages for using her images after she was slapped with a lawsuit from a company which screamed infringement after she published...
Challengers vow to publish Anne Frank diaries as foundation moves to keep control of copyright
Flood, Alison
Article
2015
The Guardian
Charity that guards world-renowned account of a Jewish girl's life in hiding from the Nazis says copyright - which some argue ends this year - extends from father's death.
Commercial Use of Copyleft Works
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Copyfraud
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The use of false claims of copyright to attempt to control works not under one's legal control.
Copyleft
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A play on the word copyright to describe the practice of using copyright law to remove restrictions on distributing copies and modified versions of a work for others and requiring that the same freedo...
Copyright
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A set of exclusive rights granted to the author or creator of an original work, including the right to copy, distribute and adapt the work.
Copyright/Copyleft?
Article
2004
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The Copyright Police
First They Came for the Hip Hop Sites ...
D, Davey
Article
2010
CounterPunch
Understand this: the seizure of websites without due process, corporate interests lobbying and then writing laws that allow them to be the police and t personally enforce, the battle over net neutrali...
Copyright policies threaten internet use in Panama and Colombia
Rossini, Carolina
Article
2012
Electronic Frontier Foundation
After years of being one of the most progressive regions in the world in terms of balanced copyright policy, Latin America is unfortunately sliding into copyright maximalism, enacting increasingly res...
Creative Commons Licenses
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Database Right
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Defend Your Right to Repair!
Article
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Software is subject to copyright, and than means that, as a rule, you might own your device but you only license the software in it. And that license (often called an “End User License Agreement”) is ...
Facebook forces Instagram users to allow it to sell their uploaded photos
Arthur, Charles
Article
2012
Guardian
Move means pictures could be used in advertising, with all payments going to social media giant.
Finally! Victory for Free Speech in Garcia v. Google
McSherry, Corynne
Article
2015
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Free speech must remain free; regardless of how nasty the message may be. This is a story about the peservation of free speech and the abuses of copyright law.
IFJ Calls on Writers to Demand Their Rights from Google
Sources News Release
Article
2009
International Federation of Journalists
the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called on all journalists who have had their books scanned by Google through its Google Book Search to claim their rights to payment.
IFJ Denounces Attempts by Freedom of Expression Group to Weaken Copyright Protection for Journalists
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Article
2013
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has today denounced a set of principles issued by Article 19 to unduly restrict creators' copyright protection.
Know Your Digital Rights, Photographers
Carletti, Fabiola
Article
2010
The Tyee
Microsoft accuses Microsoft of copyright infringement, asks Google to scrub search links
Chacos, Brad
Article
2013
PC World
Over the past year, copyright holders such as Microsoft, the Recording Industry Association of America, NBC, Walt Disney, and others have started blasting Google with vast numbers of takedown requests...
Moral rights (Copyright Law)
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Moral rights are rights of creators of copyrighted works generally recognized in civil law jurisdictions and, to a lesser extent, in some common law jurisdictions. They include the right of attributio...
Orphan Works
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A work for which the copyright owner cannot be identified and contacted.
The Oxford Guide to Library Research - Review
Article
1998
An excellent guide to doing research, explaining research methods and strategies and their strengths and weaknesses of. See review in Sources Select Resources.
Public Domain
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Related Rights
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Release of the Full TPP Text After Five Years of Secrecy Confirms Threats to Users' Rights
Malcolm, Jeremy; Sutton, Maira
Article
2015
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Trade offices involved in negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have finally released all 30 chapters of the trade deal today, a month after announcing the conclusion of the deal i...
A Response to Lawrence and Wishart
Article
2014
History Is A Weapon (and a blog)
Lawrence & Wishart, who hold the copyright for the Marx Engels Collected Works, have directed Marxists Internet Archive to delete all texts originating from MECW.
Share-alike
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A descriptive term used in the Creative Commons project for copyright licenses which include certain copyleft provisions.
Stallman, FOSS and the Adobe Nightmare
Don't Say Stallman Didn't Warn You!
Lopez, Alfredo
Article
2013
CounterPunch
If the users don't control the program, the program controls the users. Free Open Source Software gives control to users, whereas proprietary software gives control to the corporations that own the so...
Sweat of the Brow
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TPP Undermines User Control and That's Disastrous for Accessibility
Sutton, Maira
Article
2015
Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) threatens all users' ability to access information and participate in culture and innovation online, but it's especially severe for those with disabilities or who o...
Without Intellectual Property Day
Article
2014
Electronic Frontier Foundation
As the saying goes, though: when you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail. For the World Intellectual Property Organization, it may seem like creativity and "intellectual property" are inextricab...
World Copyright Day: Stop Unfair Contracts for Journalists
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Article
2009
European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) condemns the widespread use of unfair contracts by media employers that deprive journalists from their authors' rights.
Yoga Piracy
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Sources Bookshelf

Copyright's Paradox
Netanel, Neil Weinstock
Book
2008
Explores the tensions between copyright law and free speech concerns, revealing how copyright laws can impose unacceptable burdens on speech.
The Cultural Industries in Canada
Problems, Policies and Prospects
Dorland, Michael (ed.)
Book
1996
Dorland discusses policy problems specific to the Canadian cultural industries that produce cultural commodities, such as books, films and television programs.
Terms of Use
Negotiating the Jungle of the Intellectual Commons
Wirten, Eva Hemmungs
Book
2008
Concentrates on the conceptual foundations of the public domain and inspires readers by providing an original and innovative approach to the understanding of the public domain and its origins.

Government Ministries & Agencies

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Administers Canada's intellectual property systems (patents, trade-marks, copyrights, industrial designs, and integrated circuit topographies).
Copyright Board Canada
Economic regulatory body empowered to establish, the royalties to be paid for the use of copyrighted works, when the administration of such copyright is entrusted to a collective-administration societ...
Industry Canada
Industry Canada's mission is to foster a growing, competitive, and innovative knowledge-based Canadian economy that provides more and better jobs for Canadians; supports stronger, sustainable business...


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