Monday, June 05, 2006

Captain Copyright

This is interesting. A Canadian copyright agency, access copyright, has developed a superhero to help teach kids about the importance of copyrights. Their creation: Captain Copyright, a green and white superhero. Captain Copyright teaches kids all about Canadian copyright law in a series of comic books and teaching materials. The website has a section for kids and one for teachers.

Captain Copyright has been the ire of some internet talk (slashdot, boing boing), due to opinions that he looks a lot like other superheros and that the site seems to have "borrowed" some text from Wikipedia.

A perusal of the site's IP notice goes to show that Captain Copyright is serious about his IP protection: (just to be clear, both of these are quoted from the Captain Copyright site)
Permission is expressly granted to any person who wishes to place a link in his or her own website to www.accesscopyright.ca or any of its pages with the following exception: permission to link is explicitly withheld from any website the contents of which may, in the opinion of the Access Copyright, be damaging or cause harm to the reputation of Access Copyright.
and
iv. You are not permitted to copy or cut from any page or its HTML source code to the Windows™ clipboard (or equivalent on other platforms) onto any other website.
Is it actually legal in Canada to deny permission to link to a website? It seems like the legal ground for that claim is probably pretty shaky.

(h/t to this link)

ETA: Thanks to a commentor, we have our answer. This is not surprising. I wonder how long Captain Copyright will be around....
Link

5 Comments:

Anonymous Public Domain said...

Is it actually legal in Canada to deny permission to link to a website?

No.

It seems like the legal ground for that claim is probably pretty shaky.

Yes.

6/05/2006 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great site, how do you build such a cool site, its excellent.
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6/27/2006 3:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greets to the webmaster of this wonderful site! Keep up the good work. Thanks.
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7/17/2006 8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really amazing! Useful information. All the best.
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7/19/2006 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find some information here.

7/20/2006 2:41 PM  

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