Archive for February, 2010

MEPs Opposition to ACTA Grows

Four Members of the European Parliament are spearheading an effort to combat the secrecy associated with ACTA. Alexander Alvaro (ALDE), Zuzana Roithova (EPP) and Stavros Lambrinidis (S&D) have tabled a question to Commission and Council requesting full access to documents and asking if the treaty, as some suspect, will extend […]

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February 24, 2010 1 comment Must Reads

EuroISPA Warns on ACTA, Again

EuroISPA, the world's largest ISP association, has issued another warning about ACTA, expressing concern that the latest leaked drafts "indicate that the measures under discussion would threaten fundamental rights, damage the European internet sector and put the openness of the Internet at risk."

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February 24, 2010 1 comment Must Reads

Search Engine on Canada vs. U.S. on Copyright

TVO's Search Engine devotes its latest episode to a great discussion with Howard Knopf on the many areas where Canadian copyright law is stronger than the U.S.

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February 24, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

EU Commission Says Little on ACTA at European Parliament Hearing

IPTegrity.com covers today's European Parliament Trade Committee hearing on ACTA, where European Commission officials did little to alleviate the concerns of Members of the European Parliament.

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February 23, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Technology Giants Defend Canadian Copyright Law

Each April, the United States issues the Special 301 Report, which examines the intellectual property laws of its main trading partners.  For the past 15 years, Canada has been included on the watch list of countries the U.S. believes need reform. As the U.S. prepares its 2010 edition, for the first time it invited the public to provide their comments on the process and the link between intellectual property and trade policy.  My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that among the hundreds of submissions, one from the Computer and Communications Industry Association stands out as critically important to Canada.

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February 23, 2010 7 comments Columns