Archive for March, 2010

India’s Digital Copyright Reform Plan For Digital Locks

The SpicyIP Blog provides a helpful review of India's proposed digital copyright reforms. The Indian government unveiled the reforms late last year, announcing that the amendments would bring the country into conformity with the WIPO Internet Treaties. India is a leading copyright producing country, with "Bollywood" currently one of the world's major film centres. The Indian approach to digital locks is very similar to the proposals from those supporting fair copyright in Canada.  The anti-circumvention provision states:

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March 31, 2010 13 comments News

NZ Labour Party Reverses Position, Now Rejects 3 Strikes

New Zealand's Labour Party, now in opposition, has reversed its prior policy position as it announced that it no longer supports reforms that could cut off Internet access.

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March 31, 2010 1 comment Must Reads

Thousands of New File Sharing Lawsuits Launched in the U.S.

THR reports that more than 20,000 individuals have been sued for downloading movies via BitTorrent in recent weeks.  The suits may be part of a larger strategy that could see another 30,000 hit with lawsuits in the coming days.

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March 31, 2010 4 comments Must Reads

Reviewing CRTC’s Broadcast Policy Decision

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) takes a look back at last week's CRTC broadcast policy decision and report on the consumer impact.  The piece covers much the same terrain as two blog posts on the same issue.  I note that after months of intense lobbying and marketing that pitted broadcasters ("Local TV Matters") against cable and satellite companies ("Stop the TV Tax"), the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission weighed in last week with its much-anticipated broadcasting regulatory policy decision.

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March 30, 2010 6 comments Columns

ACTA Podcast Explores Transparency and Substantive Concerns

Surprisingly Free has released a lengthy podcast in which I was interviewed about ACTA.  The 40 minute podcast touches on a wide range of issues including transparency and substance of the agreement.

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March 30, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads, Podcasts