ill-Liberal copyright reform intends to end Fair Use Freebies

Via TechDirt comes word that my federal MP Sarmite Bulte thinks that the “user rights” established under the Copyright – known as exceptions, that allow users to freely use portions of copyrighted work for such things as research, private study, news reporting, and criticism – lead to “freebies.

It looks like Bulte’s committee is trying to narrow Fair Use to it’s most limited interpretation – if not eliminate it altogether.

Is this another example of politicians fixing the law?

Perhaps she can spend some of her summer reading up on Lawrence Lessig‘s Free Culture.

I talked to her yesterday. I’m thinking I should try to get another word with her. Given it’s “Election Night in Canada”, it’s my best chance for ~4 years.

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