Archive for May, 2006

Spam Not Gone, But Increasingly Forgotten

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) takes stock of the battle against spam one year after Canada’s National Task Force on Spam submitted its report. The column notes that while filtering has become more effective, first impressions can be deceiving.  Global spam volume continues to increase, with recent surveys indicating that 80 percent of all e-mail is now spam.  Spam has also become far more dangerous as many messages secretly contain viruses or other hidden programs that can unwittingly turn ordinary Internet users with broadband connections into large-scale spammers.

Unfortunately the Canadian legal framework has failed to keep pace with the new spam-related concerns.

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May 3, 2006 3 comments Columns

Barenaked Guide to Copyright Reform

Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies offers up his guide to copyright reform in a National Post op-ed today.  Noting that the "products of the mind" for which the record labels claim to seek protection are the products of artists' minds, Page outlines the three principles articulated by the CMCC, […]

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May 1, 2006 4 comments News