Archive for February 15th, 2008

Independent Report Blasts Access Copyright Over Lack of Transparency

One year after it was completed by University of Toronto law professor Martin L. Friedland, the results on an independent study on Access Copyright and royalty distribution system has been released [the report was emailed to me; I have not seen an online version].  The report is a stunning indictment of the copyright collective, calling for dramatic change in governance, transparency, and royalty distribution practices.  Friedland begins by noting:

I have undertaken a number of other public policy studies over the years, including such reasonably complex topics as pension reform, securities regulation, and national security, and have never encountered anything quite as complex as the Access Copyright distribution system. It is far from transparent. Very little is written down in a consolidated, cohesive, comprehensive, or comprehensible manner. There is no manual describing in detail how the distribution system operates.

The report continues by examining the history of Access Copyright, comparing it to other collectives, and identifying inequities in the distribution structure.  For example, it reveals that "in the distribution for 2005 under the federal government licence, the publishers received $188,256 for scholarly journals and the creators received nothing." 

The report includes 20 recommendations for change, which include:

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February 15, 2008 6 comments News

Private Member’s Bill Calls for CRTC To License ISPs

Liberal MP Karen Redman yesterday introduced Bill C-506, the Internet Child Pornography Prevention Act.  The bill envisions a new licensing system for ISPs to be administered by the CRTC, with liability for knowingly permitting access to child pornography.  The bill also empowers the government to order ISPs to block access […]

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February 15, 2008 13 comments Must Reads

The Race Toward Clean Cloud Computing

Imagine a world where most of the functions of our personal computers – running applications, communicating, and storing data – do not take place on those computers but rather at massive computer server farms located in remote locations and linked through high-speed networks.  This is not the stuff of science fiction but rather describes "cloud computing,"  one of the hottest Internet and computing trends and the subject of my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, Vancouver Sun, homepage version).

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February 15, 2008 8 comments Columns

CMPDA Claims Camcording All But Disappears in Canada

As a Montreal man pleads not guilty on charges involving camcording in a movie theatre, the Globe ran a story this week in which the CMPDA claims that "only five movies have been illegal recorded in Canada" since the first camcording arrest last October.

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February 15, 2008 3 comments Must Reads

Patry on the IIPA

It's never too late to call attention to an exceptional posting – Bill Patry's comments on the IIPA are a must-read.

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February 15, 2008 1 comment Must Reads