Bulte election / copyright kerfuffle

Sam Bulte is parliamentary secretary to the Liberal Heritage Minister responsible for copyright reform. There is a great deal of controversy over entertainment industry influence over copyright reform (eg Bill C-60), the most visible being a CRIA sponsored fundraiser for her to be held just days before the election.

Michael Geist posted an entry this week with a good summary of the issue and links to many articles, including some scathing comment and a response from Bulte.

The article is a good read for anyone interested in copyright reform, music downloading, the Federal election, or allegations of government wrongdoing – which covers just about everyone.

Read Michael’s article

Update: Take a look at this Techdirt post entitled Canadian Politician Suggests Content Users Are Just Zealots for their take on “Bulte’s increasingly silly attempt to defend her position…” For those interested in ongoing developments on this issue, keep an eye on Michael Geist’s site.

Read the Techdirt article

Video Game Myths

Digg points to an article by an MIT professor who talks about 8 video game myths, including the notion that they lead to violence.

Defense lawyers and parents sometimes try to blame video games for youth violence. This article says that is not true.

While the article is interesting on its own, some Digg comments complained that this article (it is not dated) has apparently been around for a while.

That illustrates a couple of points.

First, the power of sites like Digg and Slashdot to bring attention to material.

Second, we are getting so used to getting immediate info that the perceived stale date for material is getting shorter.

Read the Digg post

Read the 8 Myths article

Technolawyer releases Blawgworld 2006 ebook

Technolawyer – a technology information service for lawyers – released an ebook yesterday called Blawgworld 2006 – Capital of Big Ideas. It contains samples from 51 of “the most influential blawgs”, including eLegal Canton.

In the first 24 hours it has been downloaded 9000 times!

The entire ebook is available only to Technolawyer members, but the portion with my entry is linked below.

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Go to the Blawgworld page to become a Technolawyer member

Download eLegal Canton Blawgworld page

Guidelines useful in blogging

DAVID CANTON – For the London Free Press – July 9, 2005

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The phenomenon of corporate blogging is emerging as an important tool for companies to interact with current and potential customers.

A blog is a mix of online journal and website, and functions as an individual interaction rather than a formal corporate communication.

Employees might use blogs to post comments on their company’s new product releases or even their thoughts on the latest movie. It can be akin to writing letters to readers.

A blog can be used as a marketing tool that shapes the public’s perception of the company. A single employee can become an important contact for customers. As a result, many businesses are encouraging blogging on the job.

However, corporate blogging has its drawbacks.

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Corporate Blogging Policies

With more corporations either encouraging or tolerating employee blogging, and the various incidents where employees have been fired for inapropriate blogging – it was inevitable that businesses would adopt blogging policies.

To some extent, it is an evolution or extension of technology use policies (the approach I prefer rather than separate email, computer use, and other policies).

They are useful for making the ground rules between employer and employee clear.

The Between Lawyers blog has a good entry on blogging policies that compares the policies of several major corporations.

Read the Between Lawyers post

Microsoft’s employee blogging policy

The Real Lawyers Have Blogs blog reports that Microsoft now has an employee blogging policy. The policy is a good guideline for any blogger within a corporate setting. To a great extent also relevant to any blogger.

The guidelines are:

Above all, “Be smart”
Respect existing confidentiality agreements
Don’t break news; don’t disclose confidential information
Be cautious with third-party information
Respect prior employers
Identify yourself
Be cautious in how you offer support or advice
Speak for yourself
Think about reactions before you post

Read the Real Lawyers Have Blogs post

Blogs a useful promotion tool

DAVID CANTON – For the London Free Press – November 27, 2004

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Blogging is now considered an innovative marketing tool that corporations can use to better service their customer, employee and supplier relations.

It’s no longer perceived as merely a medium where computer savvy techies share their daily thoughts with others with similar interests.

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