Archive for February 10th, 2009

Moore Says Copyright Reform Bill Likely in the Fall

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore appeared before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage yesterday.  Liberal MP Scott Simms asked specific questions about the future of Canadian copyright reform.  Moore confirmed the shared responsibility for copyright with Industry Minister Tony Clement.  He indicated that the timing for a new bill was still being worked out, but that the fall was more likely than the spring.  He also acknowledged some of the concerns associated with Bill C-61, though argued that it moved in the "right direction."

Moore's opening remarks are also noteworthy, since they demonstrate that the Clement – Moore duo may be the most technologically savvy Ministers in the Industry – Heritage portfolios in recent memory.  Notes Moore:

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February 10, 2009 2 comments News

Canadian Digital Broadcast Transition Won’t Include Conversion Box Program

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore yesterday told the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage that the government would not be supporting a conversion box program like that implemented in the U.S. to support the digital broadcast transition.  Moore said that the rapid pace of technological change makes it difficult to make […]

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February 10, 2009 8 comments Must Reads

The Cost of Culture.ca

During the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage hearing yesterday, Minister James Moore revealed that – given the high cost of maintenance and low traffic – the Culture.ca portal cost $1.98 per hit to the site.  Funding was stopped over the summer as part of the culture cuts.

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February 10, 2009 3 comments Must Reads

Senate Spam Bill Reintroduced

As the government dithers on anti-spam legislation, Senator Yoine Goldstein's anti-spam bill has been reintroduced in the Senate.

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February 10, 2009 2 comments Must Reads

SCC To Webcast Hearings

Slaw reports that the Supreme Court of Canada now plans to offer webcasts of its hearings.

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February 10, 2009 1 comment Must Reads