Archive for August 29th, 2008

61 Reforms to C-61, Day 50: Education Harms – Lessons Contain Limited Definition of Students

One of the great benefits of distance education and the Internet is the power to extend our traditional notions of a "student body."  MIT's Open Courseware Project provides a great example [from column here] Notwithstanding the possibilities, Bill C-61 adopts a very narrow definition of student.  Section 30.01(3)(a) states that […]

Read more ›

August 29, 2008 7 comments News

The Battle Over Internet Filtering

Earlier this week I attended a seminar in Brussels on the "telecoms package" currently before the European Parliament [partial video].  One of the most controversial elements in the package are the prospect for mandated ISP filtering or blocking of allegedly copyright infringing materials.  Those requirements would build on other national and international developments including the still-secret Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and the "three strikes and you're out" policies ("graduated response") in some European countries.

The seminar was illuminating since all of the most vocal stakeholders were in attendance (either as part of the panel or in the audience) and most were pretty transparent about their interests in the issue.  I walked away with the following scorecard:

Read more ›

August 29, 2008 14 comments News

RCMP and Canadian Border Officials Seize Millions in Luxury Goods

The CBC reports that the RCMP and Canadian border officials have seized millions in luxury counterfeit goods, demonstrating yet again that Canadian law is not as powerless as critics suggest when it comes to dealing counterfeit issues.

Read more ›

August 29, 2008 4 comments Must Reads

The Battle Over Internet Filtering

Partial video of a seminar in Brussels on the “telecoms package” (external link).

Read more ›

August 29, 2008 Comments are Disabled Video