Canadian Gov't Issues Takedown To Newspaper For Posting Section Auditor General Report

from the wow dept

We've discussed in the past how silly it is for countries to have "crown copyright" (basically granting the government copyright over government documents). Luckily, the US has no such thing, but it makes no sense elsewhere. The government doesn't need copyright incentives to create works. The only purpose crown copyright can serve is for the sake of censorship. Canada has a perfect example of that, as the Auditor General issued a takedown to both The Globe and Mail and Scribd, for posting one section of the Auditor General's report on immigration. The Auditor General claims that to post parts of her report, newspapers (and others) need to ask permission on a case-by-case basis, due to the copyright. Of course, The Globe and Mail is a newspaper, and posted it as part of its reporting -- which should be clear fair use/fair dealing (even if there was copyright over this material -- which there shouldn't be). And yet, we keep being told that Canada's copyright laws are too lenient?

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    Dark Helmet (profile), 5 Nov 2009 @ 2:43pm

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    "Can we get back to discussing the actual story now?"

    Yes, absolutely. I just looked over the link Steve provided above. Apparently the AG claimed the takedown was issued because:

    "On the Scribd website, it appears, or it makes it appear, that anyone using the document or accessing the document has an ability to adapt the content and use it in different ways"

    I'd be curious as to what this is supposed to mean. Does she think, for instance, that one can alter the document to make her office appear to say something worse than it did? Or is the "use it in different ways" bit including public commentary on how apparently fucked up the Canadian Immigration office is (Hey! Glad to see it's not just us!)?

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