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Copyright is never just copyright

February 7, 2011

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I have now landed in Canada in my new position at McMaster University, and it wasn’t four hours into my first day where I thought, oh yes, must make a note to educate myself on the details of Canadian copyright law. As I pounded into my students’ heads in Germany, copyright is one of the areas that globalization has passed over (surely for better and worse), and remains a staunchly idiosyncratic domain of nation states. What I know about U.S. and German copyright law gives me a starting point, but it would be foolish to think that Canada applies the same rules. What I can be sure of, however, is that media companies have twisted copyright regulations to their benefit in recent years. That is universal.

On the personal side, I have already discovered that Netflix in Canada is a very different beast than in the U.S. in terms of available content, so I am less than inspired. Canadian readers: are there native alternatives that offer more content?

  1. February 12, 2011 16:25

    I guess Eintauchen is what I’m doing now.

    • Dale permalink*
      February 12, 2011 18:44

      Indeed. Welcome, Tim!

  2. Anonymous permalink
    February 9, 2013 13:42

    For netflix you should route your DNS and traffic to the US in order to get the US offerings.

    Content providers stink in Canada in terms of content, at least Amazon Prime just started 😦

    Just search for “how to get american netflix in canada” and there will be some ads but some ideas how to do.

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