Archive for February, 2009

CIRPA on Blocking Access to P2P

From the Canadian Independent Record Production Association submission on net neutrality: “Certainly policies that limit the consumers access to P2P sites that distribute large volumes of unauthorized content would be controversial, but we believe that it is in the interest of both ISP's and content producers to examine such alternatives […]

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February 25, 2009 7 comments Must Reads

Ontario Judge Orders Disclosure Of Facebook Profile

An Ontario judge has ordered a party to a civil litigation case arising from a motor vehicle accident to hand over the contents of their private Facebook profile.  Importantly, the judge ruled that "a party who maintains a private, or limited access, Facebook profile stands in no different position than […]

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February 25, 2009 30 comments News

Pelmorex Claims Canadian Carriers Violate Wireless Net Neutrality

The submissions to the CRTC's network management proceeding are still coming in (more on that shortly), but there is an explosive submission from Pelmorex Media which deserves immediate attention.  Pelmorex Media owns the Weather Network, which ranks ahead of every major Canadian online media site for online visitors.   The Pelmorex […]

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February 24, 2009 6 comments News

Digital TV Transition Opens Door to “WiFI on Steriods”

As noted in last week's column, Canada finds itself lagging more than two years behind the United States in the transition from analog to digital television broadcasting, a process that could leave millions of Canadians without access to over-the-air television signals.  While the elimination of "free TV" would spark outrage in many communities, my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) the most harmful effect of the slow migration will be felt in the competitiveness of Canadian telecommunications, not broadcasting.  

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February 24, 2009 6 comments Columns

CRTC New Media Hearings – Day Three: Glassbox, FCB, Union des Consommateurs, IMAA, S-Vox, APTN

Day three of the CRTC’s New Media hearings featured a series of speakers with varied perspectives on new media, old media, and the role of the public (day one, day two).  Presenters included GlassBOX Television, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, Union des consommateurs, Independent Media Arts Alliance, S-Vox, and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. The following review was compiled by University of Ottawa student Graham Hood.

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February 23, 2009 11 comments News