Archive for September 8th, 2009

Six Days Left: Canadian Net Users Caught As Copyright Consultation Nears Conclusion

[The following post appears simultaneously as a guest post on TorrentFreak today]

Seven weeks ago, the Canadian government launched the first national copyright consultation since 2001.  The consultation, which has featured town hall meetings, by-invitation-only roundtables, an online discussion forum, and an open submission process, has attracted considerable interest with over 4,000 submissions to date.

While the overwhelming majority of those submissions have called for balanced reforms that would strengthen fair dealing, create a liability safe harbour for intermediaries, and link any new anti-circumvention rules to actual copyright infringement, there is reason for concern.

There are only six days left in the consultation and the thousands that have spoken out for fair copyright – the students, teachers, Internet users, software programmers, privacy advocates, librarians, and a growing number of creators – now find themselves under attack from two sides.

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September 8, 2009 16 comments News

How UK Government Spun 136 People Into 7 Million Illegal File Sharers

The BBC reports on how the UK government turned a single survey in which 136 people indicated they file shared to claim that there are seven million file sharers in the country. Similar exaggerations occured in Canada earlier this year when the Conference Board of Canada relied on a 2006 […]

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September 8, 2009 2 comments Must Reads

Century 21 Canada Does Battle With Rogers Over Zoocasa

The Financial Post reports on a brewing legal fight between Century 21 Canada and Rogers over the Zoocasa website.  Century 21 Canada claims that Zoocasa is "scraping" information from its sites.

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