Friday, November 25, 2016

Quote, unquote: Paywalls and the "right to read"

"This right to read is fundamentally important in a society that values knowledge and the freedom of expression. The decision makes it clear that business models for content distribution cannot run roughshod over certain fundamental users rights."
-- Copyright expert and blogger Teresa Scassa, in her post about the federal courts's ruling on a paywall copyright case involving Blacklock's, an online news agency. Ultimately, Justice Robert Barnes found that officials in the finance department of the federal government were justified and "fair dealing" in a "minor and discrete" way when they circulated copyright-protected material from the subscription site to each other. (According to a report in iPolitics, Blacklock's has filed more than a dozen lawsuits against various federal government departments and, between 2013 and 2015, collected $54,663 from various agencies for copyright infringement.)

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