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Droit D’auteur Et Cour Suprême Du Canada : « One More » ?

Tous les « slawers » ont lu la semaine passée le billet de Simon Chester (et oui, « billet » est la traduction française du mot « post » selon le Grand Dictionnaire de l’Office québécois de la langue française), billet donc sur l’affaire Joyce (Larry Lessig meets the Joyce Estate) où Larry Lessig a décidé d’intervenir.

Cette chronique m’a fait penser à une affaire qui a eut un certain écho ici au Québec, notamment depuis que la Cour suprême du Canada, il y a environ un mois, en a autorisé appel de la décision . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law

Canada Abroad

It might be Wanderlust, though that usually strikes me early in the Spring, but in my virtual travelling I stumbled upon a pair of nice Canadian government lists of our embassies and consulates abroad.

The Department of Foreign AffairsThe acronym for the full Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade is DFAIT, which to an English speaker might suggest “defeat,” an unhappy idea. Embassies and Consulates site lists those that have websites of their own. It seems that at a minimum, each site contains some information about the country concerned and a blurb on Canada’s relations with that country. Other . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

The Friday Fillip

1 2.5 lb head of cabbage1 carrot1 small onion------------Dressing:10 tbs sugar or equivalent sweetner2 tbs white vinegar4 heaping tbs ff sour cream6 heaping tbs ff mayoShred cabbage, carrot & onion.... Chill overnight& enjoy the next day.Yep, it's a recipe for slaw. Mind you, it's one that would put you so far over your daily caloric allowance that it's a wonder they bothered with cabbage in the first place.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

Life Without the Internet

Are we ready for a cyber-Katrina? How vulnerable is our electronic backbone?
Serious issues raised in a report released today.
PRESS RELEASES
Release Date: 6.23.06 Contact:
Tita Freeman
(202) 496-3269

Business Roundtable Issues Warning on Lack of Preparation to Recover The
Internet Following A Catastrophic Cyber Disruption

Analysis Finds “Significant Weaknesses” that Could Impact Homeland and
Economic Security

Washington, DC – The United States is ill-prepared for a cyber
catastrophe, with significant ambiguities in public and private sector
responses that would be needed to restore and recover the Internet
following a disaster, according to a new Business Roundtable report
released . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

The Changing Role of the Librarian – Podcast

Entitled “Hasn’t the Dewey Decimal System Been Invented Already?” the latest instalment of Jim Milles’ podcast Check This Out! was posted last night. In this episode, Jim has a few clips that examine, among other things, the changing role of the librarian. My contribution as “Canadian correspondent” discusses the Ark Group conference on KM held last week. I give an overview of the sessions plus mention a few things I learned. Please note Jim has changed the posting schedule from Mondays to Fridays. Probably because he is so busy travelling to conferences on the weekends!

I’m particularly thrilled . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

CLA and Copyright

This from Sharon Wang, Reference Librarian at Osgoode Hall Law School:

Last week, a public letter [pdf] was released by CLA at its annual meeting held in Ottawa. This letter was addressed to Minister Bernier and Minister Oda regarding possible amendments that will be made to copyright legislation. In the letter, CLA “recommends caution and reflection.” Any future changes made to the copyright regime should keep the balance among the needs of creators, rights holders, and users.

The letter addressed two important issues: technological protection measure (TPM) and fair dealing. CLA believes that “TPMs present significant barriers to access to

. . . [more]
Posted in: Miscellaneous

Opera 9

Opera, the third cross-platform browser, has released version 9. I know how hard it is to move away from what we’re used to in a program that creates and surrounds almost everything we do on the web, but give this thing a try; it’s fast and loaded with features that would make your browsing life easier:

  • tabbed browsing, of course, but with the neat ability to show you a thumbnail of what’s behind the tabs when you hover over them;
  • session saving, either when you choose it at closing or when you re-start the browser;
  • the ability to add
. . . [more]
Posted in: Miscellaneous

Project Alouette

I’ve previously posted about Project Alouette on Slaw. Here is an excerpt about the project from today’sChronicle for Higher Education

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

AlouetteCanada Hopes to Pluck Scattered Digitization Efforts Into a Central Portal
By SCOTT CARLSON

Librarians and archivists in Canada are hopeful that a new nationwide online project, scheduled to go live today, will pull together digitization efforts across the country and make them easily accessible to the public.

The project, AlouetteCanada, is named after a French-Canadian children’s song. It is intended to be a portal site for boutique digitization projects at various colleges and museums. . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Web Tip – Deep Linking Into PDF Documents

Here’s one of the better web tips I’ve stumbled across…

Have you ever linked to a webpage that had an anchor in it? For example, the link url would end in ‘something.htm#part1′, and the user would be taken to an exact spot in the webpage. This is accomplished by placing an anchor tag at the desired location of the landing page. Following this example, at some point in the landing page HTML you would find the tag ‘<a name=”part1″>’.

Did you know that you can do the same thing with an Adobe PDF file? Only with PDFs, there are no . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Digital Book Standards

Big anouncement yesterday from the International Digital Publishing Forum, which is a consortium of major players in the digital book industry.

The fear driving the consortium is that the potential growth of the market could be frustrated if different companies adopted proprietary standards. For example, despite the growth of .pdf files, customers can’t read a Palm e-book on a Microsoft Reader.

Major software companies and device manufacturers have announced plans to support new electronic book standards developed within the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). The companies will support these standards in their next generation software and devices, alleviating many

. . . [more]
Posted in: Miscellaneous