Just received an interesting link…

The Canadian Government has published a new white paper
on digital art and copyright entitled, “Nailing Down
Bits: Digital Art and Intellectual Property”. You can
find the full paper in HTML or PDF format online at:


A short introduction to the paper follows…

Nailing Down Bits: Digital Art and Intellectual Property

This paper on digital art and intellectual property has been
commissioned and published by Canadian Heritage Information
Network CHIN), a special operating agency of the Department of
Canadian Heritage. This paper is part of a larger series of papers
on intellectual property and cultural heritage that have been
commissioned by CHIN.

This paper is not written from a legal perspective, but from a
cultural heritage community perspective. This perspective is informed
by legal professionals and publications and by direct experience with
intellectual property issues that arise out of the daily practice of
cultural professionals. One could say that this paper is an attempt
to create a snapshot of the cultural heritage community’s response
to intellectual property law and practice regarding (digital) art.
This paper is meant to ground that response not in terms of broad
theories or abstract philosophies, but in terms of daily practice and
real-world case studies. For that reason, the sources used for this
paper are not mainly books, but instead more topical, conversational,
and immediate sources such as digital art community websites, blogs,
email discussion lists and extensive interviews with cultural heritage
professionals in Canada and the United States ranging from artists
to curators to educators. The intended audience for this paper is
primarily the cultural heritage community who may benefit from the
discussion and analysis of the issues and proposed paths of action.
The legal community may also benefit from the case studies and
articulation of how one area of law is playing out in the larger
society whether it reaches the courts or not.

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