Archive for November 18th, 2007

The Access Copyright – Staples Suit: The Statement of Claim

In my first post on the Access Copyright suit against Staples/The Business Depot, I noted that I had not seen the statement of claim and therefore could not comment fully on the case.  I have now seen the claim and remain puzzled that Access Copyright is bringing this lawsuit.  From a legal perspective, it looks like an almost sure loser – the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on many of these same issues only three years ago and sided strongly against the publishers (who in this case are effectively represented by Access Copyright).

Access Copyright claims that there is both direct and authorized copyright infringement and that it needs both injunctive relief (it would like to shut down Staples/The Business Depot photocopying business) and punitive damages to account for the fact that "the actions of Business Depot have been high-handed, reckless and in blatant disregard of the copyright interests of Access Copyright."  So how, according to Access Copyright, has Staples/The Business Depot infringed copyright?

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November 18, 2007 9 comments News

Billboard on Canadian Copyright Reform

Billboard/Reuters focuses on the forthcoming copyright reform bill, oddly referring to Canada's Copyright Act that has been amended numerous times – including recording industry requested provisions such as private copying, rental rights, and statutory damages – as "the existing 1921 legislation."  The article includes a photo of musicians from the […]

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November 18, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Galacticast Cast on Cancon

Casey McKinnon and Rudy Jahchan speak out against Internet cancon regulations.

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November 18, 2007 1 comment Must Reads

CBC.ca on Wireless in Canada

CBC.ca begins a week-long examination of cellphones and the wireless industry with articles on unlocking cellphones, service plans, and regulatory policy all on the way.

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November 18, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads