Archive for June 14th, 2010

FixingC32amendments

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June 14, 2010 Comments are Disabled General

Opening Up Canada’s Digital Economy Strategy

Appeared in the Toronto Star on June 14, 2010 as Opening Up Canada's Digital Economy Strategy The federal government’s national consultation on a digital economy strategy is now past the half-way mark having generated a somewhat tepid response so far.  The consultation document itself may bear some of the blame […]

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June 14, 2010 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Setting the Record Straight: 32 Questions and Answers on C-32’s Digital Lock Provisions, Part Five

The first four posts on the 32 Questions and Answers on Bill C-32's digital lock provisions focused first on general issues in the bill, second on C-32's circumvention exceptions, third on the missing exceptions, and fourth on consumer-focused provisions in the bill.  This fifth post focuses on business considerations.  For those that want it all in a single package, I've posted the full series as PDF download.

Business Considerations

This section features answers to the following questions:

  • Isn't this just a matter of consumer choice?  If consumers don't want products with digital locks, no one is forcing them to purchase them?
  • Won't the digital lock provisions help bring new businesses to Canada like Hulu.com?
  • Are the concerns associated with digital lock provisions in the United States legitimate? What issues have arisen in the U.S. under the DMCA?
  • If these digital lock provisions are too restrictive, what compromises are available?

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June 14, 2010 12 comments News

Conservative MP Cannan Says Bill C-32 Open To Amendments

Conservative MP Rob Cannan published an op-ed supporting Bill C-32.  Cannan says he has heard from some constituents and notes that the Ministers are open to amendment proposals.

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June 14, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

WIPO Publishes Study on the Public Domain

WIPO has published a scoping study on the public domain by Belgian law professor Séverine Dusollier.  The study includes discussion of the impact of anti-circumvention rules on access to public domain works.

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June 14, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads