End of a hero

Captain Copyright RIPRead with appropriate irony (I didn’t think end of an ‘era’ was as useful here).

Captain Copyright is dead! So say the good people at Slaw.ca.

Captain Copyright was a fairly cack-handed attempt at bringing the important lessons of copyright (like don’t copy, even when a statute specifically provides for it) into the classroom, through the medium of…cartoons. Unfortunately, they did some fairly daft things…

Michael Geist published a wonderfully acerbic critique of the site and the materials offered to schools. It is great to read; and it gets better when you turn to the comments, and see the extracts from the site’s linking policy (it was forbidden to link to the site if:

the contents of which may, in the opinion of the Access Copyright, be damaging or cause harm to the reputation of, Access Copyright.

Ouch. They also ‘borrowed’ some bits from Wikipedia without following the Wiki’s licensing arrangements. Howard Knopf at Excess Copyright has been working on highlighting the Captain’s odd standards for some time: this was one of his best.

The site was offline for some time, and now has been laid to rest. Captain Parrot Copyright is deceased. So, goodnight dear Captain. May your next incarnation fill us with as much glee as the last one. In the meantime, let CCH v Law Society of Upper Canada be your epitaph. (This is the case that confirmed a liberal understanding of ‘fair dealing’ under Canadian copyright law. Roundly ignored by the Captain and his friends, despite it being a clear and simple view of the Supreme Court on the interpretation of section 29 of the Act).


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