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When I still had hopes some MPs in our Federal Parliament might find it difficult or impossible to vote for Bill C-51, the Harper Government draft legislation that effectively shreds the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Bill of Rights, I did everything possible to spread the word, including reblogging political articles here. Clearly I was wrong; neither Liberal or Conservative Parliamentarians had the spine to stand up for Canadian civil rights, and our unfair electoral system gave them the power to do so.
The Harper Government dispensed with proper scrutiny or debate and so the fast-tracked Bill C-51 has passed third reading in the House of Commons. It’s still before the Senate, and will also need Royal Assent, but so far the Senate and the Governor general have proved themselves nothing more than Rubber Stamps, so my hopes are not high.
If you wish to keep an eye on it, Bill C-51 Legisinfo will let you know how far along Bill C-51 is in the process.
Now it’s time for me to return to my day job, and the first order of the day is to clean up the political debris cluttering up my Free Culture blog. Since it’s poor netiquette to delete material one has published, I can’t just delete my reposts without making them available, so here is the the list of political articles I reblogged (and now deleted).
- Whoa!Canada: Stop Bill C-51 the Musical (updated)
- Whoa!Canada: Our Kids Deserve to Have Civil Rights
- Whoa!Canada: An afternoon with Michael Harris
- Whoa!Canada: Here’s hoping the House of Commons will reject Bill C-51
- Whoa!Canada: Michael Harris: Party of One
- Whoa!Canada: Bill C-51 isn’t a partisan issue, it’s a Canadian Issue
- Whoa!Canada: Dissent and Democracy
- Whoa!Canada: Bill C-51 Needs to be Scrapped, Not Amended
- Whoa!Canada: Bill C-51 Must Be Withdrawn
- Whoa!Canada: The Onion Router #Privacy Matters
- Whoa!Canada: Liberal Leader Gets Bill C-51 Wrong
- Whoa!Canada: Learned at the KW Stop C-51 Day of Action
- Whoa!Canada: The Secret Trial 5 ~ Screening Tour
- Whoa!Canada: David Weber warns Bill C-51 will lead to a Police State #RejectTerror #StopBillC51
- Whoa!Canada: Sign of the Times ~ Stop Bill C-51
- Whoa!Canada: National Day of Action to Stop Bill C-51 ~ March 14th, 2015
- Whoa!Canada: Bill C-51 vs Canadian Civil Rights #StopC51 #PrivacyMatters
- Cape Breton Independent: Civic literacy and the assault on Canadian democracy
- Sketches: Bill C-51, the Charter, and the Rule of Law
- Gods and Services: Aggravating Agitprop by the Grief-Stricken Aggrieved
- The Windsor Star: Canada is no home for Bill C-51
- JSEBEAN: Should a government NOT be impartial? Conservative C-51 support tactics stoops to new all time low…
- Walking the Burnaby Beat: PROTEST AGAINST BILL C-51 IN VANCOUVER
- via 451 Firelog: A question for Justin Trudeau: What is the point of you?
- The Windsor Star: Stop Secret Police Bill C-51
- The Windsor Star: Threat to our freedom
- 451 Firelog: CANADA AND THE SURVEILLANCE STATE
- 451 Firelog: RESISTANCE MOUNTS TO STEPHEN HARPER’S SECRET POLICE BILL
- Ottawa Citizen: Idle No More and friends gather to protest anti-terror bill
- Radical Citizen Media: Latest Update: Info Picket Against Bill C-51 & War on Syria
- National Post: How C-51 undermines privacy
- Metro: Terror bill changes not enough for critics
- National Post: Terrorism trumps Constitution: As Ottawa attempts to pass Bill C-51, U.S. experience is a cautionary tale
- Metro: Tory-dominated committee rejects changes to terror bill
- Radical Citizen Media: Latest Update: Greenpeace Interactive Protest Against Bill C-51
- Ottawa Citizen: Gormley: Oversight can’t sanitize inherently abusive powers
- The Windsor Star: Bill C-51 and insanity
- Sam Trosow: BILL C-51 CANNOT BE SALVAGED; IT MUST BE SCRAPPED
- Our New World: Today, thousands of Canadians are writing to local newspapers about Bill C-51
- National Post: Federal anti-terror bill amplifies concerns over secretive ‘no-fly list’: critics
- The Windsor Star: Protect our privacy
- The Windsor Star: Infographic: Bill C-51 by the numbers
- Henri’s Web Space: Tell A Liberal to Vote Against Bill C-51!
- Metro: Halifax protesters join nationwide rallies against Bill C-51
- The Windsor Star: Windsorites join national protest against government’s anti-terrorism bill
- The Highwayman: Bill C-51: Prelude To Tyranny
- The Windsor Star: Let’s stop the secret bill
- The Windsor Star: Abolish Gestapo Bill
- Sisyphus: public racketeering…
- Global: Conservatives’ anti-terror law will hurt tech sector: business leaders
But you don’t have to take our word for it… ask the experts:
Law Professors Craig Forcese and Kent Roach (at the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto respectively) have been raising the alarm in articles like“Bill C-51: the Good, the Bad . . . and the Truly Ugly” which outline many of the very disturbing elements of Bill C-51. They’ve created a website where they have shared their findings about Bill C-51 in detail http://www.antiterrorlaw.ca/
Possibly the single most disturbing element for me is something Mr. Forcese says in one of his information videos:
…the whole thing is covert.
We just have never seen anything like this in Canada before. Personally I would expect judges to consider all this unconstitutional and they could never let CSIS breach the constitution. But you and I may never know because, as I’ve said, this legal question would likely be decided as part of secret proceedings.
Bill C-51 ignores the rule of law and the protections Canadians enjoy under our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which is serious enough to worry Canadians across the political spectrum.
You know its a non-partisan problem when legal scholars and ex-judges the legal profession and Rex Murphy and Conrad Black andJean Chrétien and Paul Martin and Joe Clark and John Turner andElizabeth May and Thomas Mulcair and the Communist Party andFirst Nations and a growing number of ordinary citizens are in agreement about how bad Bill C-51 is.
If that hasn’t given you enough to chew on, check out these videos:
Any additional blogs I make will appear on my Whoa!Canada blog.
I grew up in a creative family, and although I never formally studied art, it was a staple of my public school education* and so I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know who Leonardo da Vinci was. But Albrecht Dürer? Well, I had seen some of his work, but I had no idea who he was until I stumbled on his work on the Internet.
Albrecht Dürer was a “Renaissance Man” from Nuremberg, Germany. A few decades younger than Leonardo da Vinci, Dürer’s interests and work was nearly as eclectic. Albrecht Dürer created some wonderful paintings, scientific studies of the natural world (like the “Young Hare” I’m sharing here), designed architecture and fortifications, dabbled in type face creation, and worked out a lot of the mathematics of art, writing books about measurement, human proportions and geometry. But I think he’s most known for his incredible black and white drawings, elaborate etchings printed from copper engravings or woodcuts, which spread his name and fame throughout the known world.
Although all of Albrecht Dürer’s work is well into the public domain, you’ll find it all over the Internet. While some of it has been marked with proprietary watermarks by people and organizations seeking to claim copyright on it (a shady practise known as “copyfraud”) you can just bypass these things, since there are plenty of excellent quality reproductions of Dürer’s work in reputable places like Wikimedia Commons, the National Gallery of Art and the Metropolitan Metropolitan Museum of Art and WikiArt.
I’ve taken the liberty of digitally restoring Young Hare to what I think it would have looked like when it was new.
*public school education in Canada that means the universally available state funded public education stretching from Kindergarden through the 12th grade.
One of the best things is that the Rijksmuseum understands that the Public Domain is the Public Domain. No claiming copyright on scanned images of Public Domain art here, this museum makes its collection available to users in high definition.
Better yet, the Rijksmuseum actively encourages users to make use of its works. To facilitate this it provides a web platform called Rijks Studios where people can collect their favourite Rijksmuseum artwork, and/or remix existing Rijksmuseum works into something completely new which can be posted to the site.
Best of all, the Rijksmuseum is providing an incentive to encourage users to create their own transformative works by way of The Rijksstudio Award 2015 contest that anyone in the world can enter!
Every kind of art imaginable is allowed – design, fine art, applied art, photography, video – and everyone can enter the competition. Check out the eclectic mix of last years finalists ranging from Old Master Headware to eye shadow found here.
I’m very busy with my PubSlush video so I hope I will be able to find the time to complete my own entry before the 15 March 2015 deadline — a notorious day in the arts known as “The Ides of March”.
An avid Public Library user asked me if there was some way to access the book “Daddy Long Legs” by Jean Webster without having to submit to the Library’s Overdrive system. My friend believes this book was published around 1912, which places it squarely in the Public Domain.
(This is not to single out any particular library… my understanding is that “Public Libraries” all seem to have fallen into the thrall of Overdrive… I’ll blog about why people might want to avoid the odious Overdrive and DRM later.)
Any number of “free websites” like Public Bookshelf allow you to read online so they can serve you ads:
For myself, I prefer to go the free-as-in-freedom route. The first place to look for any Public Domain digital book is online at the awesome Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/157
PG has been digitizing books since the 1970’s, so they have a very good selection. Sure enough, PG does have “Daddy Long-Legs” which you can:
(1) read online, or
- in the Kindle proprietary format or
- in the free eBook standard ePub, which can be read with any ePub reader on any digital device, or
- in Plain Text.
Plain Text can be read in your computer’s text reader (Notepad or Geddit etc.)
If you don’t know if you have an ePub Reader, the one everyone can use is FBReader, the Free and Gratis ePub reader I know will work on windows, mac, GNU/linux, tablets/phones etc Download it free/gratis at http://fbreader.org/. (I am pretty sure this is the reader that comes native with the Calibre eBook conversion software.]
- as a digital audio book free/gratis from Librevox [https://librivox.org/daddy-long-legs-by-jean-webster/]
- where it is actually stored on Internet Archive [https://archive.org/details/daddy-long-legs_librivox)]
- or you can listen to the whole Librivox ebook on YouTube
- If you prefer movies, you can watch Mary Pickford in the 1919 Public Domain movie on YouTube
- which you can also download from Internet Archive
[There are also what I presume to be copyright encumbered film versions, like the Fred Astaire musical version:
and the 1970s animated version:
Either of these would be illegal to copy if they are still in copyright… they may or may not be; but it would take research to find out for sure, so until you know either way,it is always safest to assume the worst.]
If you are looking for digital Public Domain books, the best place to get them is not from the Public Library. The problem is that even Public Domain books that library patrons acquire through Overdrive come encumbered with DRM and/or TOS requirements.
In these days of copyright insanity, we at least ought to be able to access unencumbered Public Domain work. Why should some faceless corporate entity have the right to tell us what we can or can’t do with works in the Public Domain… because the Public Domain belongs to the public– and that’s you and me.
For future reference, when you’re looking for Public Domain material, always check the free-as-in-freedom & gratis Project Gutenberg, Project Gutenberg Canada, archive.org and Librivox, because they very often have them. (And, if you’ve a little extra time on your hands, these wonderful public service organizations are always in the market for volunteers.)
In the beginning, everything was in the Public Domain. But that all changed when the English Queen Anne put an end to public ownership of our shared culture by passing the first Copyright Law in 1710. The idea was that this would encourage creators to create. Initially this Intellectual Property monopoly applied exclusively to the printed word. The term was limited to a few years to ensure creative works would return to the Public Domain.
As time went by, however, the scope of copyright has expanded to include most of the creative realms, and what were once limited terms (ostensibly intended to encourage creators to create) now extends decades past the death of the author. (So far no one has explained how this can possibly encourage dead creators to create new art.)
Because copyright terms have been extended so long, and sometimes even retroactively, works going into the Public Domain have flowed to a trickle, and in some cases to a halt. Those works that are emancipated from copyright bondage are scheduled to enter the Public Domain on January 1st every year, so on this day we celebrate the expiry of the monopoly over the works that return to the Public Domain.
The British Library is organising a free event on Thursday 18 December to celebrate the first anniversary of the release of their million images onto Flickr Commons.
The ‘Curious Images‘ conference focuses on what researchers and artists have been doing with these and other images and what library plans for the next phase of the project. A set of international researchers and artists will speak about and share interesting ideas, techniques, methods and insights they have been applying to various image collections, including those of the British Library.
For more information:
When I began blogging in 2009, this was my very first blog. It was the place I established as my home base to get my bearings as I tried to figure out what’s what — and what I was doing here.
Although I’ve been known to refer to this as my “personal blog,” it has never been what most people would consider “personal,” because although I share my personal opinions and ideas, I try to be mindful of the privacy rights of others, so very little in the way of personal information finds its way in.
Early in my blogging career I began learning about copyright, and as the implications began to sink in, this blog began to morph into a Free Culture blog, although I’ve only just now definitively identified it as such by renaming it.
Last weekend I attended the first ever Libre Tea in Toronto. You might be wondering what a #LibreTea might be, and the best explanation I can offer is that a Libre Tea is a social gathering for people who work for and support the idea of freedom.
(And who am I to resist such a brilliantly apt pun?)
Some of the freedom fighters who attended the gathering are pictured below;
The films screened at The Free Culture Film Festival qualify as free culture either because:
- they are in the Public Domain or
- they have been licensed to share.
This means you can legally watch and share them as you wish. Each film title is the link that will take you to a page where you can watch and/or download the movie online:
Charade (1963) Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn ~ Public Domain
Never Weaken (1921) Harold Lloyd & Mildred Davis ~ Public Domain
His Girl Friday (1940) Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell ~ Public Domain
Fleischer Studios animated “Superman” (1941) and “The Billion Dollar Limited” (1942)
Warner graciously made high definition copies of all of the the Fleischer Studios/Famous Studios Superman shorts online.
The Durian Movie Project: Sintel (2010) Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
Sita Sings The Blues (2008) originally released as Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike; now CC0
[It is not unheard of for media to be knocked off the Internet via specious DMCA Takedown notices. After all, such takedowns don’t require any pesky evidence and there are zero consequences to the DMCA applicant if peoves to be incorrect. If any of these links doesn’t work for you Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org]