Archive for March 17th, 2010

Bookseller Restrictions About Competition, Not Culture

Eight years ago, the federal government faced a hot-button cultural policy issue as online retail giant Amazon.com, which was already selling millions of dollars of books to Canadians from its U.S.-based site, sought entry into the Canadian market.  Canadian investment regulations posed a significant barrier, however, since the law required government approval for foreign investment in the book publishing and distribution sectors.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that Amazon was ultimately granted a form of non-entry entry.  The company established Amazon.ca, but did not set up shop in Canada.  Instead, it outsourced distribution to Canada Post, enabling the government to rule that the company’s plans fell outside the book distribution restrictions.

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March 17, 2010 34 comments Columns

Van Loan: Canada Supports Release of the ACTA Text

A spokesperson for International Trade Minister Peter Van Loan has confirmed yet again the Canadian position on ACTA: "Canada supports the release of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement text at the earliest possible opportunity. Canada cannot release the negotiating text until there is consensus to do so among the [ACTA] partners."

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March 17, 2010 3 comments Must Reads

CFS Expresses Support For Fair Dealing Motion

The Canadian Federation of Students has issued a release expressing its support for NDP MP Charlie Angus' motion on flexible fair dealing.

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March 17, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Court Issues Jail Sentence for Movie Piracy

A Montreal man has been sentenced to 2 1/2 months in jail for unauthorized recording and distribution of movies.

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March 17, 2010 3 comments Must Reads

Debating Amazon and Canadian Culture Laws

Yesterday I appeared on CBC Radio’s Q to debate the issue of Amazon and its plan to establish a distribution centre in Canada. ┬áThis podcast is no longer available online.

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March 17, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads, News Interviews, Tv / Radio