Book Room #22: Merilyn Simonds

Today in the Book Room, I talk with prolific author and paradigm straddler, Merilyn Simonds, who has written a meditation on the evolution of print and book-making that speaks directly to the very nerdiest core of my own bookish fascination.

Gutenberg’s Fingerprint, a 2017 publication from Canada’s ECW Press, dives deep into the technical minutia of moveable type and single-sheet printing presses, the physical nature of that work, it’s superiority In many ways to the various digital processes that have for the largely replaced it.

Gutenberg’s Fingerprint is a meditation on where we come from, bookwise, where we are and where we might be going.

Good Money After Bad

When will Canada’s education sector kick its incredibly expensive “free culture” habit?


by John Degen

(image courtesy me and my little camera)

(image courtesy me and my little camera)

In July one of Canada’s largest and wealthiest universities lost a landmark copyright case in Federal Court. No, that’s an understatement. York University didn’t just lose a court case — York University was soundly and embarrassingly schooled on every single argument it brought to justify the massive amounts of unlicensed copying it authorizes.

The court found, as a matter of evidence-based fact, that the university simply did not have the necessary licences, permissions or rationale (and that includes hopeful reference to the Copyright Act’s fair dealing provision) to copy the majority of the contested works it used in the course of its pedagogy. York’s defence didn’t so much fail as it was crushed into a tiny ball and drop-kicked from the courtroom.

Read the rest on Medium.

How's All That Sharing Working Out for You?

Thanks to Quill and Quire for publishing this op-ed of mine.

This coming weekend, one of the luxury limos of the sharing economy will park itself on Lower Simcoe Street in Toronto. The Creative Commons Global Summit takes place at the Delta – and it is not free. The $250 (U.S.) all-access pass appears to be sold out, but if you’re willing to volunteer your time for eight hours during the conference, you can still get in for only $100. Enjoy.