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Douglas Fevens

On May 13 of this year I discovered that The University of Wisconsin in partnership with Google Inc. had digitized my genealogical and family history work, "Fevens, a family history" in 2008. They never sought my permission even though I registered my copyright with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office in 2004 and as such my contact information was and is easily found through their on-line database of copyright holders. All of the University of Wisconsin's genealogical collection has been scanned by Google, and I know for a fact that other Canadian works were scanned without the copyright holder's consent. This is a massive appropriation of our collective literary heritage because after April 5, 2011 Google will own the digital rights to all these so called "orphaned" books. The Government of Canada should be strenuously opposing this illegal exploitation of in-copyrighted works by foreign interests, instead they are silent. For this reason I believe that these copyright consultations are pointless. Why change our copyright laws if our government is unwilling to defend our copyrights in the international community?

Sincerely,

Douglas Fevens