Archive for July 21st, 2008

61 Reforms to C-61, Day 21: TPMs – No Exception to Protect Minors

An exception that surprisingly is not included in Bill C-61's anti-circumvention provisions is an exception to protect minors.  How does this arise in the context of copyright?  One obvious example are parents who wish to stop their children from watching certain scenes in a movie.  There are services such as […]

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July 21, 2008 12 comments News

Bill C-61 Fails Green Copyright Test

The environment is obviously one of the biggest issues of the moment. The federal political parties are spending their summers trying to sell Canadians on their plans for the future, provincial governments are unveiling regulations to address waste, and local municipalities are getting into the game with increasingly sophisticated recycling programs.  As our environmental policies move far beyond establishing emissions standards or clean-up requirements, law and regulation is increasingly focused on creating incentives for business to reduce polluting activities and for consumers to adopt environmentally-friendly habits.  

Given the desire to re-orient longstanding practices, laws not traditionally considered part of the environmental file should also be examined to determine whether they are consistent with promoting "greener" behaviour.  In fact, Parliament recently passed a new law that tries to embed sustainable development into government policy.  My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) acknowledes that the notion of "green copyright" sounds odd, yet the policy choices found in Bill C-61 disappointingly run directly counter to the current emphasis on the environment.

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July 21, 2008 7 comments Columns

Government Copyright Bill Fails Green Test

Appeared in the Toronto Star on July 21, 2008 as Government Copyright Bill Fails Green Test The environment is obviously one of the biggest issues of the moment.  The federal political parties are spending their summers trying to sell Canadians on their plans for the future, provincial governments are unveiling […]

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July 21, 2008 1 comment Columns Archive

Prentice Ordered to Change Chief of Staff

Although not yet reflected on GEDS, the Hill Times reports that Industry Minister Jim Prentice has been ordered to change his chief of staff.  Jean-Sebastien Rioux is out and Stephen Kelly, who was the senior policy person and the lead on copyright, is in.  A Prentice spokesperson acknowledged that "it's […]

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July 21, 2008 3 comments Must Reads

Masnick on BSA’s Piracy Stats

Mike Masnick of Techdirt demonstrates how the BSA's piracy stats mislead.

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July 21, 2008 3 comments Must Reads