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Public Policy Forum Un-invites Copyright expert.
Date: Monday, April 28 2008
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Noted Canadian copyright expert Howard Knopf had been invited to next week's Public Ploicy Forum symposium on intellectual property rights (IP) in Ottawa. That is, until they un-invited him. Knopf writes that it seems strong pressure was brought to bear and the PPF caved. While Knopf won't be there, copyright activist Michael Geist will be there along with a bevy of U.S. IP and industry representatives.

Noted copyright expert Howard Knopf had been invited to next week's Public Ploicy Forum symposium on intelectual property rights (IP). That is, until they un-invited him. Knopf writes that it seems strong pressure was brought to bear and the PPF caved. While Knopf won't be in attendance, copyright activist Michael Geist will be there, along with a bevy of U.S. IP and industry representatives.



According to Knopf, his presentation was to have been based on his paper entitled:

WHY CANADIAN COPYRIGHT LAW IS ALREADY STRONGER AND BETTER THAN THAT OF THE USA - AND WHY THE USA SHOULD LOOK IN THE MIRROR RATHER THAN AT ITS “SPECIAL 301" WATCH LIST



IANAL but maybe I can post this quote from Mr. Knopf under the fair-use doctrine:

"Since this is a program that could influence the development of Canadian law, I had hoped to provide at least some additional counterbalance to the overwhelming presence of spokespersons for multinational (largely American) based interests who will also include U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins, Michael Shapiro of the USPTO (who asked me two weeks ago for a digital copy of my Fordham paper) , and Perrin Beatty of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, which takes a very USTR friendly view of IP matters."



from excesscopyright.blogspot.com/2008/04/uninvited-to-public-policy-forum.html

via www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/2872/196/

via news.slashdot.org/news/08/04/27/2226237.shtml







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