Archive for May 28th, 2008

The Angus Net Neutrality Bill

NDP MP Charlie Angus introduced his private member's net neutrality bill in the House of Commons this afternoon.  The short bill seeks to add transparency, neutral network management, and open devices to the Canadian telecom law framework: Network operators shall not engage in network management practices that favour, degrade or […]

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May 28, 2008 10 comments News

Copyright Letter to the Editor in the Citizen

A former Conservative organizer speaks out.

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May 28, 2008 2 comments Must Reads

Canadians Stuck With Analog Rights in a Digital World

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, Ottawa Citizen version, Vancouver Sun version, homepage version) notes that earlier this month, some fans of the NBC television programs American Gladiators and Medium found themselves unable to digitally record the shows on their personal computers.  The reason for the blocked recordings raises important technical and legal questions about the rights of consumers to "time shift" television programs in the digital era. The blocked recordings affected people that record television programs on their personal computers using the Microsoft Windows Vista Media Centre.  Most people are unaware that Microsoft has inserted a feature that allows a broadcaster or content owner to stop the digital recording of a show by triggering a "broadcast flag" that specifies its preference that the show not be recorded.  When the user tries to record it, Microsoft’s software recognizes the flag and issues a warning that the program cannot be recorded.

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May 28, 2008 10 comments Columns

The CBC’s Terms of Use

InsidetheCBC focuses on the CBC's terms of use for submitting content, raising important questions about the breadth of the provisions (thanks Joe!).

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May 28, 2008 4 comments Must Reads