Course Video & Notes

Class 11 – 12/2/15; “Controlling the Controllers: Privacy, Cultural Perspectives & Post-Structuralism” & Mark Devereux

Video & slides follow.

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Class 10 – 11/25/15; “Mass Effects” & Andy Moore

Video and slides follow.

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Class 9 – 11/18/15; “Controlling Originality” & Jennifer Kelly

Video and slides below.

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UNESCO Convention Roundtable Video & Slides

For the sake of completeness here is 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” as well as the related slides, the explanatory poster for the event and  . Although the conference took place at Simon Fraser University on February 25, 2015, the video has only been posted much more recently.

Of relevance to themes of the course are the tensions existing between cultural protections and the digital age.

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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 ( This years theme was “From Blackacre to Blackberry: Redefining Property and Ownership”.

Attached are a set of post-final slides from my presentation as well as a short written piece. Thanks to Professors Doug Harris and Graham Reynolds of the Allard School of Law @UBC  and Professor Katie Sykes of the TRU Faculty of Law for their comments on a draft of the latter.

Both the slides and the short writing take on the utility of defining virtual goods as property, particularly in a “Post I.P.” world effectively ruled by contracts. The slides also go on to explore the contradictions between patent law and copyright law which seem to favour innovators over creators for (IMHO) no particular or particularly good reason. Much of what you will see is consistent with things we have talked about in class but their recasting may prove useful to you in some way.

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Class 8 – 11/4/15: “From Wheelbarrows to Holodecks” & Steve Rechtshaffner

Video and slides.

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Study says it is good for kids to play video games

Not sure if anyone is writing a paper (or hoping to) on the effects of video games on children, but this article discusses some of the benefits of video games on young people.


Class 7 – 10/28/15: “What’s it all about…EULA?” & Jim Alam/Rob Edgar

Video and slides follow…
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Freedom of Expression – PowerPoint Presentation

GCI – Midterm presentation

Class 6 – 10/21/15: “Frictions & Fictions: Consumer Contracts & Creative Constraints ” & Roch Ripley

Slides and video below:

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