Legal Contradictions Manifest in Video Game Worlds: Copyright through the Post-Structuralist Looking Glass

In the spring I was invited by my colleague Gaetano Dimita ( of The School of Law, Queen Mary University of London to participate in the second edition of an academic conference he organizes called “More Than Just A Game: Interactive Entertainment & Intellectual Property Law”. The conference, which took place on April 8, 2016 […]

Pitblado Lectures talk

On Friday November 6, 2015 I was honoured to be invited to be on a panel and give a talk at the Pitblado Lectures  in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This 55th edition of the Pitblado Lectures was put on by the Law Society of Manitoba, The Manitoba Bar Association, and The University of Manitoba Faculty of Law […]

UNESCO Convention Roundtable Video

The video of my short presentation on “Relevance for Creative Digitization & the Internet” at the “Roundtable on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions – Impacts and Implications of the UNESCO Convention Ten Years After and Ten Years Ahead: The View From BC” at Simon Fraser University, February 25, 2014 has been posted and can be […]

Class 13 Slides; April 7, 2015

Class 13 Slides; April 7, 2015

Our last set of slides for the semester.  So many of they that they had to be split in half (even after using PowerPoint’s compression utility). So the first deck is on surveillance. The second is a stand-alone final review of the course memes. jon

Not that you need to see more of me or anything…

At the end of the Week 12 slides I briefly did a recap of some slides from a keynote presentation I gave to the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Media & Communications Law Conference in 2011. Those slides touch on the theme of how to nurture the freedoms that result in creativity with a desire […]

Class 10 & 11 Slides; March 17 & 24, 2015

Class 10 & 11 Slides; March 17 & 24, 2015

Here they are in combined form. jon

Remixing Culture And Why The Art Of The Mash-Up Matters | TechCrunch

Remixing Culture And Why The Art Of The Mash-Up Matters | TechCrunch

The title tells all about the relevance to the course. A thoughtful piece worth the read: Remixing Culture And Why The Art Of The Mash-Up Matters | TechCrunch. jon

Mar. 10 Presentation Materials

In advance of my presentation on net neutrality tomorrow, some light watching materials: This should give you an entertaining overview of the net neutrality debate as it currently stands in the US. I’ll cover most of this briefly at the beginning of my presentation – my main goal was to post a video of the current chairman of the […]

Slides from “Impacts & Implications of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions”

Spoke at this conference at SFU downtown on Wednesday February 25, 2015. My slides as well as a PDF of the 2005 UNESCO Convention can be found below. jon

Power Rangers & Fair Use

Some of you may have seen the “grimdark” Power Rangers fan film that has been circulating around the internet lately. It was produced by Adi Shankar, who has produced similar fan films involving copyrighted characters like Venom or The Punisher in the past. The underlying legal justification for doing so is fair use, but as […]