Archive for July 8th, 2008

61 Reforms to C-61, Day 12: Music Shifting Provision and Private Copying

I noted last week that Bill C-61 creates a legal framework that means that consumers may buy a CD and pay the levy on a blank CD, yet still violate the law if they circumvent copy-controls in order to make a private copy of their purchased CD.  There is a second private copying angle that merits analysis.  The music shifting provision blocks users from shifting music to their iPod if they borrowed or rented the sound recording to be shifted.  However, in what may be a case of bad drafting, the same provision appears to allow users to transfer borrowed or rented CDs to their iPod with one additional step that bring private copying into the picture.  The process requires the user to make a private copy of a sound recording onto a blank CD.  The private copying system allows for such copies from borrowed or rented CDs.  The user then shifts the sound recordings from the private copied CD to their iPod. 

This additional step would appear to meet the requirements of the law (Section 29.22(1)), namely:

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July 8, 2008 10 comments News

G8 Pushes ACTA Completion By End of 2008

They may not want to tell anyone what the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement contains, but the G8 nations are willing to set a timeline for its completion.  In the final statement on IPRs today, the G8 leaders "encouraged the acceleration of negotiations to establish a new international legal framework, the Anti-Counterfeiting […]

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July 8, 2008 6 comments Must Reads

Prentice’s New Non-Communications Strategy

I have blogged in the past about the evolving communication strategy for Industry Minister Jim Prentice and copyright reform.  Just prior to the release of the bill, I posted an "unofficial" backgrounder that noted that Prentice was hoping to shuffle the bill to the committee so that he would not […]

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July 8, 2008 17 comments News

The Bloc on C-61

I've posted typical responses from the Conservatives, Liberals, and NDP to C-61.  Several people have written with the Bloc response, which receives good coverage from Patrick Tanguay.

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July 8, 2008 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Google Responds to the CRTC Throttling Case

The CBC reports on some of the responses to the CRTC's throttling case between Bell and CAIP, with Google among those coming out strongly against Bell's position.

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July 8, 2008 Comments are Disabled Must Reads