Archive for April 1st, 2010

Supreme Court Grants Leave In Defamation Linking Case

The Supreme Court of Canada today granted leave to appeal in the Crookes v. Newton case, which involves alleged online defamation and the liability for linking to a defamatory article. Update: Coverage from Canwest on the implications of the case.

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April 1, 2010 3 comments Must Reads

Clement and Moore on C-61, Copyright Reform and Innovation

As Industry Minister Tony Clement and Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore continue to work on a copyright reform package, it is worth reviewing comments from both Ministers over the past year about C-61, copyright reform, and innovation.  The vision presented is that the world has changed since C-61, Canada has flexibility in how it implements digital reforms, and that technology and the Internet should be embraced as a great opportunity.

Clement on C-61 in July 2009 at the Calgary roundtable:

"C-61 doesn't exist anymore, it obviously died with the last Parliament, and if you think that there are other ways that we should frame new legislation, by all means please bring that to our attention as well. Don't feel constrained by the formulation in C-61. James and I are of the view that already some aspects of that Bill are out of date such as the movement of technology."

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April 1, 2010 6 comments News

Bloc MP St-Cyr and Crown Copyright

The Public Domain blog takes issue with a recent off-hand comment from Bloc MP Thierry St-Cyr, who suggested that there is no copyright in comments made during Question Period debate. The reality is the opposite – the government asserts crown copyright in the House of Commons official record, Hansard.

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April 1, 2010 2 comments Must Reads

Liberals Discussing Special Legislative Committee For Copyright Bill

The Wire Report reports the Liberal Party is considering promoting a special legislative committee to address the forthcoming copyright reform bill.

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April 1, 2010 2 comments Must Reads

Bannerman on Cancon Online

Sara Bannerman has an interesting post on areas where Canadian content regulation could apply online.

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April 1, 2010 1 comment Must Reads