On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of going to Dr. Michael Geist’s (G-EYE-ST) presentation on copyright law and the internet. I would just like to say that if you missed this presentation, I have the unfortunate news that this presentation was very good. Of course it isn’t the only presentation of its kind, as Dr. Geist has done many of the same presentations, but others too are like Alan M. Gahtan (http://www.gahtan.com).
This presentation was on Canada’s choice of either following in the U.S.’s footsteps and accepting WIPO copyright law, or forging our own laws on how to deal with the freedom of information. The main idea was that there is a plethora of information out there, and if we can digitize and put it on the internet, we will be helping millions of people who do not have access to this information. There are organizations like the BBC, and ABC (Australia Broadcasting Company) that do this already and if we were to follow suit, the long term effects are much better than protecting a few dead peoples work. Why hold back on the freedom of information when it could greatly influence anothers opinion? Where is the truth in that? Where is the justice in that? Why should someone choose to censor information when the information could help form a factual well-balanced opinion?
Another thing to consider is the amount of work being done by the Government of Canada that is not freely distributed. We are living in a country where you need to request all the work the Government does in writing. OUR tax paying dollars are going to money grubbing politicians who work for US! It is surprising to see this… and the freedom of information and the knowledge of our society seems to be at a stand still for Canada at least. Where will we go and what will we do?
The reason why I went to this presentation was to learn about what Internet Law is. This presentation has sparked thoughts in me that hopefully do not influence my decision of going into law or not. I need to truly think about this to a level that is far more spiritual and personal. 4 Years in school again is something I really have to think twice about…