Archive for September, 2007

Two Opinions on Lawful Access

Former federal Privacy Commissioner George Radwanski is back with an opinion piece in the National Post on lawful access, while Clayton Pecknold, co-chair of the law amendments committee of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police pens a defense of lawful access in the Victoria Times Colonist.

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September 25, 2007 2 comments Must Reads

TJX Breach Was Preventable

So say the Federal and Alberta Privacy Commissioners.

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September 25, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Industry Minister to Meet with Telcos Over Spectrum

Reuters reports that Industry Minister Jim Prentice will be meeting with the major telcos this week to discuss the forthcoming spectrum auction.

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September 25, 2007 1 comment Must Reads

Copyright and the Throne Speech

While Canadian Heritage Copyright Policy may be undergoing some uncertainty, that is not stopping some copyright lobby groups from pushing the government to include copyright in next month's throne speech.  In one of the oddest releases in memory [can't seem to find it online yet], four industry groups – CRIA, Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA), Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), and Music Managers Forum (MMF) Canada, have called on the government to feature copyright, including WIPO ratification, in the forthcoming legislative agenda.

The strangest part of the release is the vision put forward by these four groups.  There are no musicians, performers, songwriters, or copyright collectives to be found (the absence of consumers is a given).  Of course, the release fails to mention that Canadian musicians stand against WIPO ratification, while CRIA is in the middle of litigation in which it opposes the collectives and is trying to reduce the amount of compensation they receive.  In other words, it is an industry view of a music industry without musicians.

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September 25, 2007 2 comments News

Montreal Gazette on Canadian Wireless Services

The Montreal Gazette gives its review of the Ted Rogers vs. Pierre-Karl Péladeau speeches, Bell's new "unlimited" data service, and the missing iPhone.

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September 24, 2007 2 comments Must Reads