Canadian Parliament Threatens People For Posting Video Of Proceedings Online

from the how-dare-you-want-transparency dept

It would appear that the Canadian Parliament is no big fan of transparency. When some activists started posting video and audio of various Parliamentary committee proceedings online, in order to both increase transparency and to comment on those proceedings, lawyers apparently sent them a cease and desist, claiming it was "contempt of Parliament." They've also been sending takedowns to YouTube and other video hosting sites, claiming that this content is somehow proprietary, covered by "crown copyright" (something, thankfully, we don't have in the US) and subject to severe licensing restrictions. While it sounds like some Canadian politicians recognize the need to change, in the meantime, they're making a travesty of any sense of governmental openness.

Filed Under: canada, crown copyright, openness, parliament, transparency

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    Washii, 12 May 2009 @ 10:49am

    Re: Re: Re: Crown Copyright

    How does that even factor in? It isn't like the governments of Canada and the US are creating multi-billions worth of film and music.

    I think it makes sense that stuff paid for through tax dollars can't be copyrighted by the government (Hubble pictues?)

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