Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Follow-up piece on Copyright...

It seems draconian copyright protection is the norm today. I have spent a bit more time reading and researching the copyright and IP issues with the proposed Canadian bill. In doing so, I came across this article from New Zealand that came out yesterday. It references a discussion paper for an "Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement" to be discussed at an upcoming G8 meeting. I have seen a few other references to such seizure of physical devices at borders. I wonder how it will really be implemented? My personal opinion here, but it seems like there are a lot of other things countries could be spending money on when it comes to enforcement, and it is not clear what benefit will come from this. It seems like it could be used more for international espionage than protecting IP rights. As with all things, there is more than one perspective. I am sure all of this proposal is very rationale to someone, and that in the media things have become confused or less clear. Could someone point me to some documents or provide some grounded information to help illucidate some of what is happening in this space?

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