Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"Extremism in the defence of liberty is no vice..."

Barry Goldwater (1909-1998):
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Google Book Conference from U. of T. Now Viewable on Web

The recent May 28, 2010 conference on the Google Book Search/Settlement ("GBS") at U. of T. has has now been archived here.

It was extremely informative, provocative and balanced and was very capably organized by Prof. Ariel Katz.

All kinds of talk about the implications for Canada - including from yours truly?

Unfortunately, there was no speaker from Google.

We all await what Judge Chin will do in New York one of these days...


Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Bill "C-32" Redux?

If the bill unexpectedly expected for today June 2, 2010 turns out to be numbered "Bill C-32", that could be a bad omen.

Bill C-32 was the last major update to Canada's Copyright Act. It became law in 1997 - the last "act"of the the then Liberal government before an arguably unnecessary election. Literally, the last thing done before they turned out the lights before that election....

That bill was a bad bill going in that was made a lot worse after it got through a very unsatisfactory committee process that was crammed through the House and Senate in only a year.

Are those who don't know history once more condemned to repeat it...????