Archive for February, 2010

Technology Giants Defend Canadian Copyright Law

Appeared in the Toronto Star on February 22, 2010 as Technology Giants Defend Canada's 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 […]

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February 23, 2010 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

The IIPA’s Opposition to Open Source Software

Digital Copyright Canada does a nice job of reviewing the IIPA's submissions to the USTR Special 301 process, noting its criticisms of Brazil, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam for supporting open source software.  The posting notes "the fact the IIPA is encouraging countries to have policies which increase infringement […]

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February 22, 2010 13 comments Must Reads

OK Go’s NY Times Op-Ed on EMI and Youtube Embeds

OK Go's Damian Kulash demonstrates in this NY Times op-ed why his label's decision block video embeds hurts the band.

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February 22, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

EU Data Protection Supervisor Warns Against ACTA, Calls 3 Strikes Disproportionate

Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor, has issued a 20-page opinion expressing concern about ACTA.  The opinion is a must-read and points to the prospect of other privacy commissioners speaking out.  Moreover, with the French HADOPI three strikes law currently held up by its data protection commissioner, it raises questions about whether that law will pass muster under French privacy rules.

Given the secrecy associated with the process, the opinion addresses possible outcomes based on the information currently available.  The opinion focuses on three key issues: three strikes legislation, cross-border data sharing as part of enforcement initiatives, and transparency.

Three Strikes

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February 22, 2010 11 comments News

ACTA Internet Chapter Leaks: Renegotiates WIPO, Sets 3 Strikes as Model

Several months after a European Union memo discussing the ACTA Internet chapter leaked, the actual chapter itself has now leaked.  First covered by PC World, the new leak fully confirms the earlier reports and mirrors the language found in the EU memo.  This is the chapter that required non-disclosure agreements last fall. 

The contents are not particulary surprising given the earlier leaks, but there are three crucial elements: notice-and-takedown, anti-circumvention rules, and ISP liability/three strikes. 

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February 21, 2010 42 comments News