Today is World Intellectual Property Day which means that rather than focusing on creativity or on policies that meet the needs of creators and users, we get a private function for MPs and Senators on Parliament Hill sponsored by Senator Joseph Day, where the RCMP will display counterfeit batteries and […]
Archive for April, 2007
The Toronto Star has published a response from CRIA's Graham Henderson to this week's column on copyright and USTR pressure.
Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda is facing yet another controversy, this time over a $30 million summer festival program. Oda apparently invited Conservative MPs to come forward with suggestions of festivals for possible funding without providing a similar opportunity to MPs from other parties. In fact, the Canadian Heritage website […]
Peter Black reports that Australia will formally accede to the WIPO Internet Treaties tomorrow. The move was widely anticipated after Australia entered into a free trade agreement with the United States.
In a noteworthy case pitting ASCAP (a leading U.S. copyright collective) against the online music services, a U.S. court has ruled against ASCAP in determining that there is no performance in a music download. Interestingly, SOCAN filed a brief in the case in support of ASCAP.