Archive for May, 2009

You Can’t Handle The Truth

Jim Henshaw has a great post on the CRTC licence renewal hearings, the use of in camera hearings to keep much of the discussion out of the public domain, and the questionable claims about local broadcast viability with a new fee-for-carriage plan [hat tip: Writers Guild of Canada] .

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May 20, 2009 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

BSA’s Sweden Piracy Stats Entirely Estimated

Computer Sweden reports that the BSA's recent data on piracy in Sweden was entirely estimated.  No Swedish companies, vendors, or computer users were apparently contacted as part of the study.

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May 20, 2009 2 comments Must Reads

Anti-Spam Bill Will Face Tough Fight Over Consumer Protections

The recent introduction of the Electronic Commerce Protection Act, Canada's long-awaited anti-spam bill, has been greeted with initial all-party support in the House of Commons. The bill just passed second reading with committee hearings the next step in the legislative process. My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, Ottawa Citizen version, homepage version) argues that looking ahead, the big fight seems destined to focus on the government's desire to establish a comprehensive regime with tough penalties that apply to most commercial communications to consumers.  Consumer groups will likely welcome the reforms, while some business and marketing organizations may paint a gloomy picture of the costs associated with the new regulations.

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May 19, 2009 6 comments Columns

Anti-Spam Bill Faces Fight Over Consumer Protections

Appeared in the Toronto Star on May 19, 2009 as Anti-spam Bill Targeting Phishers, Spyware Appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on May 19, 2009 as Long-Awaited Anti-Spam Bill Likely Faces a Few More Hurdles The recent introduction of the Electronic Consumer Protection Act, Canada's long-awaited anti-spam bill, has been greeted […]

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May 19, 2009 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Search Engine Adopts Creative Commons Licence

Search Engine has made the move to TVO.  The first episode includes an announcement that the program will now be available under a Creative Commons licence.

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May 19, 2009 Comments are Disabled Must Reads