Archive for November, 2010

C-32 Legislative Committee, Day One: Hearing Schedule Set

The C-32 Legislative Committee held its first meeting yesterday morning with MPs from all parties wasting little time in expressing disappointment over the way the committee was functioning.  After some initial procedural discussion over the length of witness statements and the order of questioning, the committee spent nearly an hour debating the frequency of meetings.  The Conservatives pushed for an aggressive timetable, with Dean Del Mastro and Mike Lake taking turns proposing up to 18 hours per week of hearings in the hope of hearing from all witnesses by the end of 2010. The opposition MPs rejected the Conservative proposals, standing firm on 4 hours per week of hearings (two 2 hour sessions on Monday and Wednesday afternoons with three witnesses per hour).  

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November 24, 2010 7 comments News

Quebec National Assembly Passes Motion Criticizing C-32

The Quebec National Assembly yesterday unanimously passed a motion criticizing Bill C-32 and calling for the application of the private copying levy.  The motion reads: THAT the National Assembly recognize the crucial role of content creators and the importance of intellectual property in the economic model of Québec arts and […]

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November 24, 2010 34 comments News

CBC’s Spark on C-32

CBC’s Spark interviewed CIPPIC’s David Fewer on Bill C-32 and implications.  The full interview is posted here.

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November 24, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Anti-Spam Bill Passes Third Reading in House of Commons

Bill C-28, the anti-spam bill without a name, has passed third reading in the House of Commons.  The bill now heads to the Senate for review.

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November 24, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Separating Copyright Facts from Fiction Ahead of Legislative Hearings

Canadian copyright law promises to dominate discussion in Ottawa over the coming weeks as hearings on Bill C-32, the controversial copyright bill, are set to begin within a few days. My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that if the past six months are any indication, Members of Parliament will be asked to sort through confusing rhetoric in order to understand the implications of the proposed changes.  Separating fact from fiction will not be easy, but getting straight answers to the following questions will be crucial:

1.    Will Bill C-32 give education institutions the right to engage in massive uncompensated copying?

No. The inclusion of education as a fair dealing category will not mean that any educational copying will be free.  It will only mean that educational copying will be eligible for analysis under a six-part test developed by the Supreme Court of Canada to determine whether the copying qualifies as fair dealing. The changes in Bill C-32 are more modest than often claimed as they merely fill some gaps in the existing list of fair dealing categories.

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November 23, 2010 18 comments Columns