Archive for May 19th, 2010

National Post Reports “Heavy Handed” Copyright Law Coming Next Week

The National Post's Don Martin reports that the copyright bill could be introduced next week with confirmation of the broad outlines of the bill I reported on earlier this month.  Martin, who, describes the forthcoming bill as heavy-handed, reports: All signals suggest Heritage Minister James Moore has triumphed over the […]

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May 19, 2010 120 comments News

CRTC of Old Re-Emerges in Music Station Case

Taking pot shots at Canada’s national broadcast regulator has practically been a national sport for many years, as observers from across the political spectrum paint the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission as too interventionist, too luddite, too slow, or a combination of all of the above.

As my recent technology law column (forgotten with all the copyright activity – Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes, in recent years, the commission has worked to shed its negative reputation by increasingly adopting decisions that favour letting consumers and businesses decide broadcast winners and losers. For example, the recent fee-for-service decision promotes a negotiated settlement between broadcasters and cable companies with the CRTC betting that consumer expectations will provide sufficient incentive to ensure that local programming remains accessible to viewers.  

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May 19, 2010 11 comments Columns

Australian Digital Alliance Files ACTA Comments

The Australian Digital Alliance has submitted a detailed analysis of ACTA's impact on intermediaries and individuals with the Australian government.  The analysis includes 16 recommended changes.

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May 19, 2010 1 comment Must Reads

UK Three Strikes Plan To Exempt Small ISPs

UK reports indicate that the rules for the UK's three strikes system will exempt all ISPs with under 400,000 subscribers.  While the move is described as creating "piracy havens" it is consistent with the regulatory assessment that identified the competitive impact on small ISPs of such a system and raised […]

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May 19, 2010 2 comments Must Reads

City Of London Plans City-Wide Wifi

The City of London (England) has announced plans to install city-wide wifi in time for the 2012 Olympics.

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May 19, 2010 2 comments Must Reads