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.

Who's Guarding the Gate?

Canadian Universities and the Job of Protecting Copyright

by John Degen

(photo courtesy me and my little camera)

As Canadian universities controversially insist they may copy enormous amounts of published work for free, we’ve seen the rise of the Copyright Officer on campuses across the country. The CO is generally a non-teaching position charged with the respectful and conscientious clearance of copyright for educational purposes. Currently, hundreds of millions of pages per year are photocopied and/or scanned for student readings in Canada. For decades, those copies were all respectfully paid-for through licences — until 2012 when most schools across Canada opted out of licensing arrangements in favour of claiming the same work for free.

Read the rest on Medium.