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Captain Copyright Targets Kids

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the up-in-the-sky-what-is-that dept.

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frank249 writes "The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency has set up a copyright education website called Captain Copyright. There is a section for kids with comic books and a section for teachers for grades 1-3, 3-6 and 6-8. An example of a grade 1 class activity: 'Present the following situation to students: Your friend is downloading a song off the Internet. In comes Captain Copyright. Ask: What do you think Captain Copyright will say? Encourage students to brainstorm. Then hand out (or read) Line Master: Some Copyright Laws.' In Canadian law it is incorrect to download a song unless you pay for it. They also neglect to mention that Canadians pay a tax on blank media that is meant to compensate artists for downloads."

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For the kids. (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458748)


We have a daughter due in July (really! I'm reproducing now...) In a few years I imagine she'll ask "Daddy... who's Captain Copyright?" and I'll say "Sweetie, he's like God." She'll reply "What do you mean, Daddy, all knowing, all powerful and something to be in awe of?" "No dear," I'll reply, "a make-believe thing people in power use against the masses to keep them scared."

Re:For the kids. (2, Funny)

BronsCon (927697) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458781)

Amen!

err... I mean... nevermind...

oh, to hell with it...

1) Sue 12 year olds
2) Campaign to convince people they have no rights
3) ...
4) Profit!

Re:For the kids. (5, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458801)

> In a few years I imagine she'll ask "Daddy... who's Captain Copyright?" and I'll say "Sweetie, he's like God." She'll reply "What do you mean, Daddy, all knowing, all powerful and something to be in awe of?" "No dear," I'll reply, "a make-believe thing people in power use against the masses to keep them scared."

Close, but no cigar.

"Captain Copyright? I remember that site! It was where a bunch of Farkers and SA Forum Goons downloaded a huge library of source images [captaincopyright.ca] for the funniest set Photoshop parodies ever!"

Re:For the kids. (0, Troll)

grammar fascist (239789) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458811)

I'll say "Sweetie, he's like God." She'll reply "What do you mean, Daddy, all knowing, all powerful and something to be in awe of?" "No dear," I'll reply, "a make-believe thing people in power use against the masses to keep them scared."

Being a religious person, I usually take some kind of offense at things like this, but these Canadians have somehow made your comment palatable.

In comes Captain Copyright. Ask: What do you think Captain Copyright will say?

Yikes. "What would Jesus do?" came to mind when I read that.

Yet another reason to keep your kids out of the public schools.

Re:For the kids. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15458834)

Fuck your taking offense from the fact that people may not believe in the same thing you do.
There you go, idiot.

Re:For the kids. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15458812)

hahaha of course jesusfreaks hit you with flamebait. Can't your invisible man stick up for himself?

Re:For the kids. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15458983)

That is, by far, the most intelligent and creative thing I've ever read on Slashdot.

Just for fun... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15458996)

Just for fun, try the following link [captaincopyright.ca].

It will fill up their "hack attempt" logs with silly messages :-) And maybe it will encourage them to find a more useful and less stupid way to detect "hack attempts" than whether or not there happens to be a question mark somewhere in the URL.

That or call them up and ask why they're giving out all their copyrighted materials for free. Aren't they compensating the artists per copy!? Why, that's ***STEALING***! And don't anyone try to rationalize it away by pointing out that they got paid *once* for their work--all IP holders deserve compensation any time someone so much as *thinks* about their work, you communist bastards, anything else is rationalizing away a serious felony! :-)

Orwell Anyone? (1)

Greased Monkey (920411) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458754)

*over_the_top reactionary comment follows...* hitler also knew that the best way to change a national mind was to start with the children...

Re:Orwell Anyone? (1)

Ithika (703697) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458816)

Or, to echo the FP's sentiments, the Jesuit saying:

Give me the child for his first seven years, and I'll give you the man.

"The tobacco industry. Oh, if only we had their numbers..."

Re:Orwell Anyone? Or Godwin??? (3, Funny)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458851)

hitler also knew that the best way to change a national mind was to start with the children...

My God! Second post, and by Godwin's Law [wikipedia.org] this discussion is already over!

Of course this begs the question of will the record companies last until these kids grow up into nice, well-controlled, consumers.

And when did 'hitler' become a lower-case adjective?

Re:Orwell Anyone? Or Godwin??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15458920)

I believe I speak for a lot of people here when I say this:

Fuck Godwin.

Re:Orwell Anyone? Or Godwin??? (4, Funny)

Minwee (522556) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458959)

"And when did 'hitler' become a lower-case adjective?"

When he failed to defend his trademark and it became generic. "Escalator", "Yo-yo", "Shredded Wheat", and now "Hitler" are prime examples of trademarks which have fallen into the public domain through abandonment or poor defense.

Where Hitler went wrong was not through lack of defense (you should have seen his army of lawyers), but through misuse of the Hitler trademark. Where Third Reich productions threw around the name Hitler as though it were a noun they should have used it as an adjective from the start and emphasized it to set it apart from the surrounding text. Using phrases like "Hitler conquered half of Europe" is just asking for trouble. "Hitler® brand World Domination conquered half of Europe" makes it clear what the brand name is and that it is a registered trademark.

Re:Orwell Anyone? Or Godwin??? (2, Funny)

pluther (647209) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458995)

And when did 'hitler' become a lower-case adjective?

god only knows.

Re:Orwell Anyone? Or Godwin??? (1)

masterzora (871343) | more than 7 years ago | (#15459045)

This does not beg the question. It may raise the question, but it does not beg the question.

Because there's nothing better they can be doing (5, Insightful)

C0R1D4N (970153) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458756)

I can see that copyright law is clearly a priority for early education. Not grammar, or mathematics, but intellectual property and coporate interests. I guess all the top execs of the tobacco companies jumped ship to the recording industry so they can keep practicing their "hook 'em while they're young" campaigns.

Re:Because there's nothing better they can be doin (3, Funny)

Roody Blashes (975889) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458800)

Not grammar, or mathematics, but intellectual property and coporate interests.

I concur with your post.

Re:Because there's nothing better they can be doin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15458815)

Ofcourse, they don't have "No Child Left Behind." Teachers can also teach enrichment instead of simply math and reading. I cherish the local history and debates in high school. Canadiens can even if they choose *gasp*, have gym.

It's in the National Interest (0)

Mateo_LeFou (859634) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458841)

What the **AA is right about is that "intellectual property" is a critical industry to the US economy (Yes, I know captain C is canadian but anyway...) I don't have numbers, but it is probably the most profitable sector as America continues to fall behind making quality electronics, cars, etc.

It is unfortunate for America that history is marching (pretty quickly) away from the foundation of this sector.

Re:It's in the National Interest (2, Interesting)

mOdQuArK! (87332) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458862)

"intellectual property" is a critical industry to the US economy

It's only critical in that its current form & implementation will ensure that the U.S. is unable to compete technologically & economically with other countries that have "looser" IP protection.

Not gonna fly (4, Insightful)

Umbral Blot (737704) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458768)

Must. Restrain. Laughter. I think even small children are smart enough to realize that "Captain Copyright" is an idiotic idea. Kids don't respect educational cartoon role models in general; I see no reason why "Captain Copyright" will be any different. A generic super-hero with boring powers whose opponents are ordinary people instead of super-villains ... no one is going to find that interesting.

Re:Not gonna fly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15458928)

This kind of crap bites them in the ass every time. In the 80's they tried "McGruff the crime fighting dog." The characters are so lame that no child gives a rats about it. Hell they still try to trot out that tired old mess today on kids. They have tried everything, Power Rangers tried to teach the difference between doing good and doing bad, Kids get the message that kicking the crap out of things karate style is cool!

Peers teach the kids their morals and the PArents only can do damage control (it's the truth anyone says otherwise has their head in the sand. A kids friends carry more weight with the child than all the parents combined. If a kids hears all his life that smoking is bad and one kid at school tells him it's cool, the kid will light up right away.)

Personally I encourage copyright violation and piracy. Every CD she get's off bittorrent I make sure she makes at least 5 copies and gives them to friends that she knows will share it with others.

Punishing artists is the right thing to do!

Good lord, it's Captain Corporation! (1)

Jim in Buffalo (939861) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458779)

Years ago, Phil Foglio did a strip about superhero RPGs in Dragon Magazine, and finished up with "Captain Corporation," a superhero whose powers revolve around product endorsements. Now it looks like they're really bringing that idea around to the real world. Of course, "Captain Copyright" has a sidekick, "Lawsuit Man." They're headquartered in FUD City.

Re:Good lord, it's Captain Corporation! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15458962)

Reminds me of "Commander Ca$H" from the Robo-Cop Movie/TV Show...

a dupe is in the sky (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15458780)

not a bird or a plane

The answer is obviously (2)

phorm (591458) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458782)

d) Report your friend to the police, collect a bonus check from the RIAA, and watch him spend the rest of his life paying off $1,000,000 in RIAA lawsuits.


OK, so maybe it won't quite be worded that way, but probably something along those lines. Do we really need the RIAA et al creating comic books that encourage kids to report on their friends? What's next, reporting that your neighbour is possibly harbouring an arabic man in his attic (substitute arabic for jewish and step back about half a century, you'll see my point)?

This type of 'education' has no place with our youth. Shame!

Much Better Answer (1)

Mateo_LeFou (859634) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458867)

Captain Copyright will say 'Creative Commons [creativecommons.org]? Wow! I have the same initials as those guys. Have fun downloading, listening to, burning, sharing, and basically doing whatever you want with that music.'

requesting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15458783)

requesting full scans of comics

Infringement... (2, Funny)

talkingpaperclip (952112) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458798)

Are these guys sure that "Captain Copyright" doesn't infringe on the "Captain Planet" copyright?

Re:Infringement... (1)

delirium of disorder (701392) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458835)

Are these guys sure that "Captain Copyright" doesn't infringe on the "Captain Planet" copyright?

You can't hold a copyright on a two word phrase. This would fall under trademark law, not copyright law.

Re:Infringement... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15458968)

Lighten up man, it's called a joke.

Re:Infringement... (4, Insightful)

biglig2 (89374) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458840)

Over on Boing Boing, they've noticed that the Captain Copyright web page has stolen a couple of sections from Wikipedia without including the required attributions. http://www.boingboing.net/2006/06/02/captain_copyr ight_wi.html [boingboing.net]

But never mind the hypocracy - what kind of teacher uses materials in class that did not come from an independant source? Don't they have pride in their profession? Ahem - won't somebody think of the children?

Re:Infringement... (1)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458980)

It would be pretty embareassing for Captain Copyright to be sued for copyright infringement. I think we should have an email campaign to whatever identifiable email address is available pointing out some of these issues.

Re:Infringement... (1, Funny)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458849)

With the five rings, we can now summon....Captaaaaainnnn Cooooopppyyyyrrriiiiiggghhtt *lots of flashing lights.

1. Greed
2. Deceit
3. Patent
4. Legal
5. Enslavement

Please, please save the corporate world Cpt Copyright. We know you can do it!

Re:Infringement... (1)

Captain Jack Taylor (976465) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458899)

I have an answer - Flash Artists, unite, and show this guy getting his ass kicked all over Newgrounds by Captain Planet! Cap wouldn't let this shit fly, NO SIR! Intellectual property laws and corporate interests have been holding back green technology for too damn long.

Copyright may be an important principle.... (1)

fussili (720463) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458807)

but that's no excuse for creating a comic that [i]blows[/i] so profoundly.

Seriously, read "the story of Captain Copyright" in the "for kids" section of the website.

What kind of kid is going to enjoy that pile of crap?

"Education!=indoctrination" (1)

D4C5CE (578304) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458809)

This, if anything, is all that "Captain Copyright" ought to say in a place called school (digne de ce nom).

Great - now I'm hooked... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15458823)

Hey Kids! Now it's your turn - use the buttons below to vote for what happens next, then check back here in September to read the continuing adventures of Captain Copyright!
...September?! Oh, man, I'm jonesin' here - what's Sarah going to suggest?

Now I'm at a moral quandry... shall I respect the rights of the copyright holders of this work, and wait for an official response, or do I take the story into my own hands, and offer my own idea, and thus take over their precious copywritten characters and story in my own mind?

Damn - I can't help myself...

Sarah: I've got an idea[wink]... ...

Sarah: Let's pray to Jesus, our Lord and Savior to bring his only begotten Son, Captain Copyright, down upon our enemies, so that they may taste the wrath of holy justice, forever and ever, amen.

Damn... I just broke the spirit of the law... and that's the most important part. Better post anonymously in shame of my actions.

All Your Kids Belong to Us! (3, Funny)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458826)

The propaganda is getting blatant. It least this one is not my tax dollars at work. Maybe there's a reason the almighty Canadian dollar coin is referred to as the loonie.

Re:All Your Kids Belong to Us! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15458927)

There is, it's because there is a loon on the front of it.

Re:All Your Kids Belong to Us! (1)

Hillbert (935900) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458940)

Maybe there's a reason the almighty Canadian dollar coin is referred to as the loonie.

There already is a reason - it's got a loon [wikipedia.org] on it. :P

I don't condone or support piracy at all.... (4, Insightful)

linguae (763922) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458831)

...but this comic is lame. Look at this page [captaincopyright.ca] and the previous one. Somebody gets an A just because they didn't use a bootleg version of the textbook? Give me a break.

There is also another page [captaincopyright.ca] in the copyright comic that seems to confuse one issue (collaborate research and somebody trying to take all of the credit) with copyright law. The comic ended in a cliffhanger after a few pages, but I don't think this comic book is effective at all (not to mention lame), and the comic confuses issues, too.

Re:I don't condone or support piracy at all.... (2, Funny)

CosmeticLobotamy (155360) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458948)

"Word got around that the copied textbooks weren't such a great deal after all and by the end of the semester the store that sold them was out of business."

Where's the little picture of Captain Copyright standing outside the burnt-out building with a gas can?

Re:I don't condone or support piracy at all.... (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458961)

Look at this page . . .

The scary part is that that one is aimed at college students.

The scariest part is that it was probably written by a committie of college graduates.

KFG

Re:I don't condone or support piracy at all.... (1)

NOLAChief (646613) | more than 7 years ago | (#15459064)

Gotta love the "hero shot." [captaincopyright.ca] Captain Copyright dedicates his life to defending the rights of artists and everyone in between. Hey, at least he's honest.

Private corporations dictating what's taught. (1)

Bamafan77 (565893) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458833)

Since it seems private corporations are now controlling school curriculums, why can't we get some cooler corporate interests involved? Where's Seargent Funbags from Playboy and Corporal Barley from Coors? Let's at least create some drones who know how to have a good time! Is that too much to ask? :)

Re:Private corporations dictating what's taught. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15459031)

Coors?

I think you meant Cpl. Rice, and General Subsidized Corn.

Logo faux-pas (4, Funny)

Beniamino (21297) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458839)

Boing Boing helpfully points out [boingboing.net] (SFW) the similarity between the Captain Copyright logo and Slashdot regular goatse.cx (which I will not link).

Re:Logo faux-pas (1)

thelost (808451) | more than 7 years ago | (#15459029)

does anyone else think that the logo similarity to the gaper is not accidental? I know if I was a bored illustrator/designer sitting around having to do asinine sites like captain copyright I would be tempted to add little extras like that.

not to compensate for downloads (2, Interesting)

nlago (187984) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458845)

I definitely may be wrong here (never been even close to Canada), but I believe the tax on blank media came out long before music downloads appeared in the radar. Sure, the tax is supposed to compensate for informal, personal copying, by providing some extra revenue to the artists (yeah, right, to the artists... mostly... somewhat... err...). However, I doubt the letter of the law mentions "downloading", which (in this "interesting" world we live in) may make quite a difference.

Re:not to compensate for downloads (1)

cnettel (836611) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458913)

If it's anything like the tax in most European countries, it goes hand in hand with the regulation to allow personal copying (including sharing with friends) of songs (note: not software) you have a valid copy of yourself. A result of this is that this copying should at least approximately correspond to the actual sales, while it's quite obvious that downloads can vary far more, and it would therefore be far harder to create a distribution plan that would be "fair".

Funny. (4, Insightful)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458850)

On their website, under "kids" I looked up the meanings of some words and phrases related to copyright. Guess what's missing from the list. I'll give you a hint, it starts with "Fair" and ends with "use"

Re:Funny. (4, Informative)

DeeKayWon (155842) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458891)

What with this being Canada and all, there's no reason for any two word phrase matching that description to show up. There is reason for one that starts with "Fair" and ends with "dealing" [wikipedia.org], though.

Canadian law and American law are not the same? Shocker!

aye aye captain (1)

hasrat (898178) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458878)

Will Captain Copyright ever conquer the high seas or will the Pirates loot and sink his ship?

heh (1)

sardonic2 (576701) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458880)

I remember Smokey the Bear and that fire hydrant, telling us not to set fires that made sense even to me at that age. Copyright laws? make them fear young maybe they will like your outdated business model... how about Yummy the Cigarette is he at school again?

Infringing? (5, Funny)

lexDysic (542023) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458884)

As pointed out on Boing [boingboing.net] Boing [boingboing.net], Captain Copyright is apparently blessed with the power of copyright immunity. Text on his website appears to be directly lifted from Wikipedia, and of course much of the iconography has been around since before the Captain himself. Maybe the Captain's alter ego is a pirate? Arrrrrr...

--
Think! It ain't illegal yet!
George Clinton

Blank Media Levy (3, Informative)

0xA (71424) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458887)

They also neglect to mention that Canadians pay a tax on blank media that is meant to compensate artists for downloads.

This is incorrect, the blank media levy was designed to compensate artists for people copying CDs and other recordings. The "Download Question" was not seriously considered at the time the levy was introduced and it is a matter of opinion if it applies to downloads.

Captain Copyright to sue slashdot . . . (4, Interesting)

jgaynor (205453) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458888)

Captain Copyright has heroically announced he's suing /. for copyright violation, after the vicious plagiarizers failed to read his site's asinine legal disclaimer [captaincopyright.ca] and reproduced his valuable intellectual property. Additionally, poster jgaynor [slashdot.org] will also be sued for talking shit about captain copyright AND linking to his site in the same paragraph. Think that last sentance was hyperbole? Think again:

"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."

Holy Nutsack Cap'n Copyright!

More making fun of this ridiculous attempt at a valid legal statement here [techdirt.com] (disclaimer: not affiliated).

I'm just waiting... (1)

martinultima (832468) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458890)

...until someone starts illegally copying this Web site, maybe putting a mirror up on BitTorrent. In fact, I think I'll fire up wget and do it myself right now!

what we need is a CAPTAIN COPYLEFT !!11 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15459015)

what we need is a CAPTAIN COPYLEFT who goes after greedy major labels and stuff. he should protect those who are nearly innocent against the Music And Film Industry Assholes (MAFIA). and he should take those piratebay serverz back...

would be nice if some pirate party started to do this to promote their stuff.

a yeah:
97986 75848
32453 43546
HELLO WORLD
32553 32435 32432 76789 62864 etc. etc.

Everyone relax ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15458892)

Any minor steps Capt. Copywrong makes will be wiped out when "Cars" hits the net next week. =)

Meanwhile the Captian got an email saying "Read and heed: resistance is futile."

They avoided the actual issue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15458898)

It's a propaganda cartoon, albeit a poor one.

They obviously are trying to get kids when they are young and stop them from downloading ("stealing") copyrighted music when they are older. Except that unlike all of the examples in the cartoons, no one actually looses anything from that and personal profit is not the motivation.

I hope that the kids it is targeted at have enough sense to see through this filth.

From the "Intellectual Property..." link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15458906)

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: in order to protect the moral rights associated with this site, 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. Specifically, permission to link is explicitly withheld from sites featuring pornographic, racist or homophobic content. If you link to or otherwise include www.captaincopyright.ca on your website, please let us know.

Termination

Access Copyright may terminate this agreement, including any licenses contained herein, at any time and further may terminate your access to any and all portions of our website if, we determine, in our sole discretion, that you failed to comply with any term of these Terms of Use. Upon termination, you must cease use of our website and destroy all Materials obtained from our website, and all related documentation and all copies thereof, whether made under these Terms or otherwise, and/or take any additional or alternative reasonable steps that Access Copyright may direct in respect of the termination of your use.

metainfo (1)

42Penguins (861511) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458916)

Link goes to a 5.05MB PDF. Sitting there downloading, I thought it must be pretty spiffy.
Nope: 1 page black and white with about 8 lines of typing.
Maybe the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency needs a bandwidth tax, too.

Misleading... (Elvis belongs to all of us) (1)

EMB Numbers (934125) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458926)

From TFA, "A person can download a song off the Internet when they pay for it or get permission."

The statement is true, but if they had said "A person can ONLY download a song off the Internet when they pay for it or get permission," they would of course be wrong. I have to think the first statement has an implied "ONLY"...

TFA: "A person cannot copy a song that they have legally downloaded (by paying a fee or obtaining permission) for someone else."

Even in a backwards nation like Canada ;), it is NOT illegal to make a copy of music you have downloaded. Quite apart for music that is not copyrighted, even copyrighted music can be shared under fail use restrictions.

There is plenty of music in the world that is no longer copyrighted. By international treaty, copyrights expire!

By August 16, 2047, all of Elvis Presley's published works will be in the public domain. Many early recordings from the Jazz era are already in the public domain.

HOW LONG COPYRIGHT PROTECTION ENDURES

From http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html [copyright.gov]

Works Originally Created on or after January 1, 1978

A work that is created (fixed in tangible form for the first time) on or after January 1, 1978, is automatically protected from the moment of its creation and is ordinarily given a term enduring for the author's life plus an additional 70 years after the author's death. In the case of "a joint work prepared by two or more authors who did not work for hire," the term lasts for 70 years after the last surviving author's death. For works made for hire, and for anonymous and pseudonymous works (unless the author's identity is revealed in Copyright Office records), the duration of copyright will be 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation, whichever is shorter.

Works Originally Created before January 1, 1978, But Not Published or Registered by That Date

These works have been automatically brought under the statute and are now given federal copyright protection. The duration of copyright in these works will generally be computed in the same way as for works created on or after January 1, 1978: the life-plus-70 or 95/120-year terms will apply to them as well. The law provides that in no case will the term of copyright for works in this category expire before December 31, 2002, and for works published on or before December 31, 2002, the term of copyright will not expire before December 31, 2047.

Works Originally Created and Published or Registered before January 1, 1978

Under the law in effect before 1978, copyright was secured either on the date a work was published with a copyright notice or on the date of registration if the work was registered in unpublished form. In either case, the copyright endured for a first term of 28 years from the date it was secured. During the last (28th) year of the first term, the copyright was eligible for renewal. The Copyright Act of 1976 extended the renewal term from 28 to 47 years for copyrights that were subsisting on January 1, 1978, or for pre-1978 copyrights restored under the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), making these works eligible for a total term of protection of 75 years. Public Law 105-298, enacted on October 27, 1998, further extended the renewal term of copyrights still subsisting on that date by an additional 20 years, providing for a renewal term of 67 years and a total term of protection of 95 years.

Public Law 102-307, enacted on June 26, 1992, amended the 1976 Copyright Act to provide for automatic renewal of the term of copyrights secured between January 1, 1964, and December 31, 1977. Although the renewal term is automatically provided, the Copyright Office does not issue a renewal certificate for these works unless a renewal application and fee are received and registered in the Copyright Office.

Public Law 102-307 makes renewal registration optional. Thus, filing for renewal registration is no longer required in order to extend the original 28-year copyright term to the full 95 years. However, some benefits accrue from making a renewal registration during the 28th year of the original term.

For more detailed information on renewal of copyright and the copyright term, request Circular 15, "Renewal of Copyright"; Circular 15a, "Duration of Copyright"; and Circular 15t, "Extension of Copyright Terms."

For Kids? (1)

BAILOPAN (694545) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458942)

ABC's of copyright [captaincopyright.ca]

Err... that's a bit too wordy for kids, who probably wouldn't be reading about copyright law in that detail anyway. Also, I cannot help but notice that there are no A's or B's.

Maybe it should have a section on how they can pirate stuff, that'd be more useful.

Ironic. (1)

AWhiteFlame (928642) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458951)

Captain Copyright and all related media are Copyright ©2006 Access Copyright, The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency, All rights reserved.

and now the circle is complete (4, Insightful)

Elwood P Dowd (16933) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458965)

Q. What do you think Captain Copyright will say?
A: "You can't draw a pony! It was my idea to draw a pony!"

Copyright jackasses are marketting their kindergarten-level understanding of intellectual property to actual kindergarteners.

Fuck you. My pony is better than your stupid pony.

WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15458975)

that website is the lamest, funniest thing I've seen in years!
I've printed out some images from the coloring book, and I've going to bring them to work so that my workers can learn that stealing isn't nice and if they don't stop captain copyright won't be proud of them!!!!

freeballer

They went where they shouldn't have gone. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15458978)

The organization in question has a membership which is almost entirely print media and authors. They have nothing to do with the RIAA or its Canadian equivalent. Given the complexity of the music copyright issue, they should avoid any mention of it. They'll just end up looking stupid and it will hurt their credibility with the kids they're trying to educate.

Actually, if you want a comic book on copyright that is actually good: http://www.law.duke.edu/cspd/comics/ [duke.edu]
It is a comic book put together by a couple of law profs and deals with what artists can and can't get away with. It manages to be educational and entertaining. Of course, it's pitched more at university students and not elementary school kids.

Incorrect to download for free? (1, Troll)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 7 years ago | (#15458990)

In Canadian law it is incorrect to download a song unless you pay for it.
Really? Its illegal to distribute songs online for free in Canada? What a sucky country.

Contact the Canadian Copyright... (1)

SauroNlord (707570) | more than 7 years ago | (#15459001)

By Email: privacy@accesscopyright.ca
By telephone: (416) 868-1620 or toll-free at 1 (800) 893-5777
By mail: Access Copyright
1 Yonge Street, Suite 1900
Toronto, Ontario, M5E 1E5
Attention: Privacy Manager

Please call the toll free number, and select the option to "Report copyright infringement" and leave a message about Captain Copyright using an ISBN definition from Wikipedia without leaving a link back to the GNU Public License.

I know I did

OMG OMG QUIZ ANSWERS HERE1!!1!! READ INSIDE1!!!!1! (1)

abscissa (136568) | more than 7 years ago | (#15459002)

Here are the answers to the Kids Quiz!!

1. You wrote a poem for class. Do you have to register it with the Copyright Board of Canada for your poem to be protected by copyright law? NO!!

2. Each province is covered by the same copyright law. True or false? TRUE!!

3. Your friend got a computer game and you want to download it to your computer. Is this something you may do? NO!! (even if it's freeware or shareware!!)

4. You framily has 3 computers in the house. When you get new software are you allowed to install it onto all of the family's computers? NO!! Unless you have volume licensing with MS, or it's OSS

5. What does "public domain" mean? a) it refers to the items found on the Internet b) it refers to a book found in your local public library c) it means the term of copyright in the work has ended C

6. Can a book title be copyrighted? NO!!

7. Your art teacher asks you to create a drawing and then wants to post your drawing on the school's Intranet. Does the teacher need your permission to do this? YES!! omg he will love you for stirring up shit too

8. In order to have copyright on the short story you just wrote for class, you must be 18 years old and a legal adult. True or False FALSE!!

9. Your school wants to do a mural in teh entry hall to the school and they want to use Curious George. Is it okay to project these two cartoon characters on to the wall to enlarge them and trace around them? NO!!

10. When you buy a book, you own the copyright to that book, and you can loan it out or copy it as you wish. True or false FALSE!!

Excerpt from the quiz for kids (3, Funny)

binkzz (779594) | more than 7 years ago | (#15459013)

"Yes - Once your poem is in a fixed and tangible form, you have copyright in your poem. You do not have to register your creation with the Copyright Board to have copyright."

I'm sure kids will learn tons with these fun quizes and games.

Captain Planet or Captain Copyright (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 7 years ago | (#15459018)

Captain Planet: Protect the Environment or I will [bleep]ing kill you!!!! Captain Planet!!!!

Captain Copyright: Protect the DMCA or I will [bleep]ing kill you!!!! Captain Copyright!!!!

frank249 I hope you typed that quote out longhand. (3, Funny)

Mateo_LeFou (859634) | more than 7 years ago | (#15459074)

" iv. You are not permitted to copy or cut from any page or its HTML source code to the Windows(TM) clipboard (or equivalent on other platforms) onto any other website. " Intellectual Property Notice and Disclaimer [captaincopyright.ca]

Captain C/The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency,: Please do not sue me, but I copied and pasted the URL into the link above. If this is a violation, have the Swedish police sieze Slashdot's servers.

Copyrights Do Expire, Don't They (4, Funny)

buckhead_buddy (186384) | more than 7 years ago | (#15459088)

The copyright on a number of songs first graders might still find entertaining have expired. Things like:
  • Old McDonald
  • I've Been Working on the Railroad
  • 99 Bottles of Beverage on the Wall
  • Ring Around the Rosie
  • She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain
  • and many, many more

Yes, the performances of the songs may be copyrighted, but even that isn't a certainty. There is a Public Domain into which the performing artist may release their performance.

If the tune, lyrics, and performance aren't protected intellectual property then the first grader should call the police and have Captain Copyright arrested for child molestation. Okay, there wasn't any sexual molestation involved, but a man in a skin tight costume who constantly barges in on first graders in their homes will have a very difficult time convincing a jury of that fact.

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