Archive for May 10th, 2010

Piracy Haven Label Case of Rhetoric Over Reality

In the wake of recent reports exposing the activities of former MP Rahim Jaffer, lobbying has been the talk of Ottawa for the past month.  The incident has had an immediate impact on lobbying regulations, with the Conservatives and Liberals jostling over who can introduce tougher disclosure measures. The changes may plug a few loopholes, yet the reality is that lobbying efforts are not always the subject of secretive meetings with high-level officials.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) considers the intensive lobbying effort on promised intellectual property reform.  In recent weeks, those efforts have escalated dramatically, with most activities taking place in plain view. Scarcely a week goes by without a major event occurring – last week it was a reception sponsored by the Canadian Private Copying Collective, the week before an event hosted by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada, and the week before that the Juno Awards attended by several cabinet ministers and MPs.

Even more open is the public campaign designed to persuade Canadians that their country is a piracy haven.  Late last month, the IFPI, which represents the global recording industry, released its annual Recording Industry in Numbers report that tracks global record sales.  The report targeted two countries – Canada and Spain – for declining sales and linked those declines to copyright law.  Not coincidentally, both countries are currently working on legal reforms.

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May 10, 2010 7 comments Columns

Clement Launches National Digital Economy Strategy Consultation

Industry Minister Tony Clement has launched a national digital economy strategy consultation.  There is a consultation paper, online forum, and roundtables planned.  The deadline for comments is July 9, 2010.  Copyright merits a specific section on the consultation website, with a reference to the 2009 consultation.  The consultation document includes […]

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May 10, 2010 10 comments News

Moore Getting Testy With Canadian DMCA Critics

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore has been responding directly to many Twitter critics about their concerns with the likely direction of Canadian copyright law.  Moore appears to be getting increasingly testy, as evidenced by one exchange over the weekend in which he told one person "you have no idea" and […]

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May 10, 2010 10 comments Must Reads

Piracy Haven Label Case of Rhetoric Over Reality

Appeared in the Toronto Star on May 10, 2010 as Software Piracy Charges Against Canada Are Unfair In the wake of the Toronto Star reports exposing the activities of former MP Rahim Jaffer, lobbying has been the talk of Ottawa for the past month.  The incident has had an immediate […]

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May 10, 2010 1 comment Columns Archive

Clement Announces First Funded Broadband Canada Projects

Industry Minister Tony Clement held a press conference on Sunday to announce the first round of Broadband Canada projects to receive funding. The 52 projects will help bring service to 169,000 households.

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May 10, 2010 1 comment Must Reads