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Russell McOrmond
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Re: Bell Media and BBC Worldwide North America Sign Exclusive Multi-Platform Deal for DOCTOR WHO
The following was sent to the contacts listed on the Bell Media press release from 2016 . Ever since this deal it has been harder to legally stream Doctor Who in Canada. While space.ca previously offered episodes, it is now locked down and requires login v...
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Goodbye 2018
I turned 50 at the end of March. I was very reflective around that time, starting to think about a future that might include retirement and pondering if I was currently where I wanted to be. Adjusting to  my new employer  starting in April hasn't always bee...
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I didn't break it..

At least it is a modern OS that failed...
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My new job at the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN)
I started my new job at CRKN on Monday the 3'rd of April.  I sit at the same desk in the same cubicle as I did at Canadiana the week before, and have the same job title, but there are many differences in how I'll be doing my work. See: CRKN and Canadiana.or...
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Protecting copyright with blockchain?
I've been reading  articles discussing how blockchain can be used to "protect" the interests of copyright and patent holders.  While I agree this technology would be helpful, we need to recognise that this is a philosophy of "protection" that is the opposit...
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Budget 2018 Investment in Canadian Content a missed opportunity
I checked Federal Budget 2018 for new support of Canadian content creators.  What I found under the title of "INVESTING IN CANADIAN CONTENT" ( Chapter 4 ) is disappointing, as it is media creation that continues the conflict of interest tie with the broadca...
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Intervention in opposition of the Bell Coalition's "Fairplay" site blocking proposal.
I have made an intervention to the CRTC in opposition to FairPlay Canada's so-called "application to disable on-line access to piracy sites". Summary While is is appropriate for the courts to be able to require Internet Service Providers to block access to ...
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I'm trying to finish off my submission to the CRTC to oppose FairPlay's "site" blocking proposal. I'm proofreading, and trying to trim anything I can that doesn't lose the narrative. Since I'm trying to suggest things that aren't commonly said within the CRTC circles, I don't want to cut too much such that they don't understand what I'm saying.

Help always appreciated. While I'll be submitting a PDF to the CRTC, the Google Doc I'm editing is https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vGFWEr7TEyo2rNgubIsSHVmyZeu2BZUQAZZhD16fL38/edit?usp=sharing

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The disagreement between the Free Software Law Center (SFLC) and the conservancy (SFC)
There is a mixture of tax law, trademark law, and political strategy behind the disagreement between the Free Software Law Center (SFLC) and the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC).  Understanding what is happening only requires connecting the dots between t...
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Canadiana DevOps 2017 year review and look to the future
Many ongoing changes for the DevOps team this year. CRKN update The CRKN December 2017 Newsbrief provides some updates about Canadiana itself.  The short-form is that there will be a Canadiana membership meeting mid-January to vote on an offer to consolidat...
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