Archive for May, 2007

The First Step

Over the past few months, I've often been asked why the movie industry would pursue anti-camcording legislation if the data was so inconsistent.  My response invariably focused on the notion that this was the thin edge of the wedge – an attempt to paint Canada as a piracy haven and […]

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May 31, 2007 7 comments News

Library of Parliament Releases C-47 Legislative Summary

Seventeen page analysis of the Olympics mark bill here.

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May 31, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

PM Harper Confirms Canadian Movie Piracy Bill On the Way

CTV is reporting that Prime Minister Stephen Harper today will confirm what has become increasingly obvious – under pressure from the U.S. and Hollywood studios, Canada will introduce anti-camcording legislation. Harper is using California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's visit to Ottawa to serve notice of the proposed bill.  That approach really […]

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May 30, 2007 11 comments News

House of Commons Demands Takedown of YouTube Video

Earlier this month, I wrote a column highlighting the requirement to obtain permission from the Speaker of the House of Commons to use political clips that air on CPAC.  The column argued that the current rules do not protect parody and should be scrapped by granting broad leeway to reuse […]

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May 30, 2007 17 comments News

The Death of the CD

The NY Times focuses on the death of the CD (creative drought, copying of store-bought music among friends named as the major problems), reinforced by news that Sam the Record Man is closing up shop (music downloads and competition from Wal-Mart cited as the problems here).

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May 30, 2007 14 comments Must Reads