Well, not so, it seems. Michael reports that
it actually commissioned a study on the copyright issues from an independent Canadian legal expert. That report was completed by Professor Jeremy deBeer, a colleague at the University of Ottawa and frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail on copyright matters.Fancy that.
Professor deBeer has just revealed his involvement and posted a working paper based on his report submitted to the Conference Board of Canada. It turns out the deBeer was precluded from using the work for 12 months, a period that concluded today. It is immediately apparent that the deBeer paper arrived at very different conclusions from the IIPA and the Conference Board.
I'm waiting for the federal government-du-jour to reintroduce a content-industry-favourable Copyright Act Reform Bill (previously C-61) with the citation that it is based on the recommendations of the Conference Board of Canada, which is, after all, "independent, objective, and non-partisan."
Update (29 May 2009): The Conference Board recalls the reports!
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