Well over 100 artists, musicians, journalists, and engaged citizens gathered in Vancouver’s WISE Hall on May 16th for Remix This: A Copyright Cabaret. The event was organized by OpenMedia with the aim of bringing together people from all walks of life to reimagine what copyright should look like in the 21st century.
The event was emceed by the hilarious duo of Deep Rogue Ram (Heather Libby and Kai Nagata). Speakers included Kirby Ferguson (Writer, Director and Filmmaker), Geof Glass (SFU Communications PhD student), Kimberly Baker (local Disciplinary Artist), Martha Rans (Copyright Lawyer and co-founder of Artists’ Legal Outreach), Ellen Broad (Australian Digital Alliance), Erik Ashdown (co-founder of Indiloop), and Rupert Common (Rap Lyricist and Comedian). Read more »
Secretive, industry-driven copyright proposals could wreck Canada’s digital economy, restrict our open Internet, and undermine our fundamental rights
May 28, 2013 – Led by Canadian Internet freedom group OpenMedia.ca, members of a diverse international coalition have written to Trade Ministers in several countries to demand a ‘Fair Deal’ on provisions that would restrict internet use in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks.
The letter sent to Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast strongly criticizes the imbalance in the TPP talks between the interests of old industry conglomerates and those of citizens and innovative businesses. It urges the minister to reject copyright proposals that would restrict the open Internet, access to knowledge, economic opportunity, and Canadians’ fundamental rights. Read more »
As officials meet in Peru for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Canadian groups are helping launch an international “Fair Deal” coalition
May 21, 2013 – Today, OpenMedia.ca and a coalition of organisations representing a diversity of interests have come together from around the world to ask for a fair deal on intellectual property (IP) in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement being negotiated by Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Peru, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States. The changes to copyright required by the TPP would reduce access to information and restrict the ability to innovate, both on and offline. Read more »
Copyright affects us all – artists, musicians, journalists, and anyone who enjoys sharing Facebook posts or YouTube videos with their friends. That was the clear message from last night’s Remix This: A Copyright Cabaret event, which brought together people from all walks of life in an exciting attempt to reimagine the whole concept of copyright.
Over a hundred Vancouverites attended the FreshMedia event in person, and were joined by many more from around the world who followed the discussion live using hashtag #RemixThis on Twitter. Read more »
Watch Arielle's video update to hear this week's news. This week, we take a look at why Canadians should be concerned by CISPA, the controversial US act posing serious threats to citizens' online privacy. The act passed the US House last week, but will it pass the Senate? Either way, Internet freedom advocates on both sides of the border will be watching closely.
Posted by OpenMedia.ca on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 22:00
Independent ISP TekSavvy has been granted additional time to notify Canadians that they could soon be implicated as part of an ongoing copyright crackdown. Although TekSavvy is not a defendant in the ongoing court case, it's re-assuring to see efforts made by a service provider to help Canadians understand and prepare for any charges filed.
Heading down to court Monday morning, I was concerned I might be late to get a seat for the Voltage hearing. I had my iPhone ready to record protestors and general ruckus. But Guy Fawkes was a no-show. I arrived to find the courtroom eerily quiet and half-empty.
What has TekSavvy been required to do for its customers up to now?
Short answer: absolutely nothing. As you read on, keep in mind this case is Voltage vs John Doe and Jane Doe -- not vs TekSavvy. Read more »