Canadian Politician Worried About Fair Use Freebies
from the oh-no! dept
Canada has done a better job than many other places in trying to balance the rights of creators and users of intellectual property – but as in many places in the world, it looks like that may be shifting in the wrong direction. A Canadian politician is trying to push a copyright reform bill that would require schools to pay a license fee for content that is available free online – even if that content is designed specifically for people to use for free. In fact, the politician recommending this change seemed upset at the “freebies” offered by fair use, and decided it was time to shut them off. Apparently, no one explained that “fair use” isn’t a loophole, but a necessary point of balance in copyright law.