Archive for September 10th, 2009

$1,400,000.00

The CBC reports that Industry Canada spent $1.4 million on the cell phone cost calculator that was scrapped due technical limitations/lobby pressure. I first covered the cancellation in a column last week.

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September 10, 2009 6 comments Must Reads

Clement Confirms Timeline for Copyright Bill May Be Spring 2010

Industry Minister Tony Clement has re-affirmed earlier comments that the introduction of a new copyright bill may take until the Spring 2010.  In a Toronto Star interview, Clement emphasizes the need to establish a bill that withstands the test of time and that he'd like a bill this fall but […]

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September 10, 2009 3 comments Must Reads

Privacy Commissioners Urge Caution on Lawful Access

Canada's Privacy Commissioners have issued a resolution calling on the government to proceed with caution on its lawful access legislation.  The resolution calls for evidence that the new provisions are needed, seeks alternatives, and sets conditions for striking the right balance.

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September 10, 2009 3 comments Must Reads

MTS, CAIP, CFIB Launch Campaign for Competitive Broadband

MTS Allstream, CAIP, and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business are among the companies and groups that have launched the Campaign for Competitive Broadband, an effort to overturn a recent CRTC decision on competitor access to broadband networks.

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September 10, 2009 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

The Final Copyright Consultation Roundtable Summary: Who Said What

Although the government has still not posted the transcripts from the final two copyright roundtables, all ten have now been completed.  In all, 111 groups and individuals participated.  As the chart below shows, the music and publishing industries led the way with the most representatives, followed by film/movie, creators, collectives, libraries, and academics.  Most groups appeared once, the exceptions being ACTRA and the Songwriters Association of Canada (twice each).

Number of Appearances Groups/Individuals
8
  • Music Industry
  • Publishers
7
  • Film/Movie
  • Copyright Collectives
  • Performers, Artists and Writers
  • Library
  • Academics
  • ISPs
6
  • Civil Society
  • Students
5
  • Business Groups
  • Education
  • Other
4
  • Musicians/Songwriters
  • Museums
  • Broadcasters
  • Lawyers
2
  • First Nations Groups
  • Photographers
  • Software
  • Internet companies
1
  • Archivists
  • Blind

The top issues raised during the roundtables mirror the issues discussed in the thousands of submissions that have been posted online.  These include fair dealing, WIPO ratification, the approach on anti-circumvention, and ISP liability.  Other notable issues included crown copyright, statutory damages, and subject specific recommendations for photographers, archivists, and museums.  A full summary of key messages is posted below.

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September 10, 2009 Comments are Disabled Stop CDMCA