Archive for April 17th, 2009

Why The Pirate Bay Decision Does Not Mean Canada Needs Copyright Reform

In the wake of this morning’s Pirate Bay decision, the Canadian Recording Industry Association is unsurprisingly continuing its lobby efforts by sending out messages to MPs and media that the case is evidence that Canada must update its copyright laws.  It is important to set the record straight – today’s decision does not provide any evidence of the need for Canadian copyright reform.  In fact, if CRIA’s goal is to address a potential Canadian Pirate Bay, it likely already has all the laws it needs.  Rather, the claims that C-61 style reforms are urgently needed is simply a matter of bait and switch since the failed C-61 (modeled on the U.S. DMCA) did not meaningfully address liability for torrent search site like the Pirate Bay.

There are three key points to keep in mind in this regard. 

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April 17, 2009 49 comments News

Swedish Court Finds Pirate Bay Founders Guilty of Copyright Infringement

A Swedish court has found four founders of the Pirate Bay guilty of copyright infringement and sentenced them to one year in jail with a fine of US$3.6 million.  Quick takeaways: an appeal is likely so this is the first word, not the last one in this case based on […]

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April 17, 2009 12 comments News

Foreign Affairs Posts Summary of ACTA Consultation Meeting

The Department of Foreign Affairs has posted a good summary of the recent ACTA consultation meeting. The powerpoint from the meeting is here.  My posts following the meeting are here, here, here, here, and here.

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April 17, 2009 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

CRIA and CMPDA Step Up Canadian Copyright Lobby Campaign

While CRIA may be preparing a "grassroots" campaign to promote DMCA-style copyright reform, it is unsurprisingly not waiting for that effort to take hold.  According to the latest lobbying reports filed with the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying, CRIA and CMPDA have been among the most active on the […]

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April 17, 2009 9 comments News

World IP Day Event on Parliament Hill

World Intellectual Property Day is set for next Tuesday, April 21st and Senator Joseph Day is once again coordinating an event on Parliament Hill.  This year, however, MPs and Senators will be joined by members of both IPIC and the Chamber of Commerce's CIPC.  The Chamber's IP Council is an […]

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April 17, 2009 Comments are Disabled Must Reads