[d@DCC] Information Rights Salon -Samuel Trosow- February 25, 2003
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INFORMATION RIGHTS SALON <http://www.fis.utoronto.ca/research/inforights>
"Digital Millenium Copyright Act: Does Canada really need it?
Tuesday, February 25, 2003 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Trosow Professor, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Information
and Media Studies University of Western Ontario
140 St. George, Room 728 Faculty of Information Studies (building
adjacent to Robarts Library) University of Toronto
ABSTRACT The 1996 WIPO Copyright Treaty requires that member states
adopt measures designed to inhibit the circumvention of technological
protections for copyrighted works as well as to protect the integrity
of rights management information. In the United States, the treaty
was implemented in 1998 by the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA)
which contained strong versions of these measures. The DMCA has been
severely criticized on several grounds, including shifting the
historical balance between owners and users of copyrighted works too
far in the direction of increased proprietary control, being
destructive of the privacy of users, and creating a chilling effect
which could inhibit productive computer science research.
Over the past two years, the Government of Canada has been conducting
a consultation process in order to inform Parliament's implementation
of the WIPO treaty. The report has been tabled in Parliament, and
legislation can beexpected in the not too distant future. At the same
time, the latest Draft FTAA Agreement contains a chapter on Copyright
Law that includes, as possible options, strong versions of the
anti-circumvention and rights management rules that are similar in
scope to the DMCA.
This talk will review the history of the anti-circumvention and
rights management provisions of the DMCA and raise several questions
for Canadian policymakers:
-How should Canada implement the WIPO Treaty?
-Does Canada need to adopt DMCA-like rules with respect to
anti-circumvention and rights management?
-What are the interrelationships and tensions between the protection
of copyright and privacy interests in the digital environment? -What
is the effect of including these provisions in the FTAA?
Professor Trosow joined the Faculty at the University of Western
Ontario in the Fall 2001 and holds a joint appointment in the
Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies. He
previously taught part-time at the Golden Gate University School of
Law, in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose
State University, and in the School of Information Resources and
Library Science at the University of Arizona. He is a member of the
California and United States Supreme Court Bars, was previously
engaged as a sole-practitioner in Los Angeles and Berkeley,
California, and has served as a Staff Attorney/Clinical Instructor in
the housing unit at the Berkeley Community Law Centre.
From 1995 until 2001, Professor Trosow was a librarian at the Boalt
Hall School of Law (University of California, Berkeley). His doctoral
work in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA focused on
information policy issues and his dissertation was entitled
"Information for Society: Towards a Critical Theory of Intellectual
Property Policy." Prof. Trosow currently teaches Introduction to
Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property, and an
Advanced Copyright Seminar in the Faculty of Law. At FIMS, his
teaching assignments include Legal Issues for Information
Professionals, Legal Resources and Services, and a doctoral seminar
in the Political Economy of Information.
BA (Pennsylvania State University) 1974, JD (Southwestern University)
1978, MPA (California State University, Hayward) 1988, LLM (Golden
Gate University) 1993, MLS (San Jose State University) 1994, PhD
UPCOMING TALKS (details to follow)
Rob Cribb of the Toronto Star will join us to speak about the
importance of access to information in a democracy (date TBA,
Richard Owens, director of the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy,
University of Toronto will join us to discuss the results of a panel
of experts on health information policy (April 1, 2003)
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