Archive for December 21st, 2010

Bell Pays $1.3 Million To Settle Do-Not-Call Violations

The CRTC announced yesterday that Bell has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a case involving multiple violations of the do-not-call list rules. Bell places the blame at third-party telemarketers who placed calls to people on the list.  The fine is the largest to-date by the CRTC for a do-not-call violation and unquestionably sends a strong signal that the Commission is prepared to enforce the law with strict penalties.  I had previously been critical of the enforcement efforts and this marks an important step forward in demonstrating that the law can be used effectively.

The fact that Bell was the target is significant for at least two reasons.  First, Bell administers the do-not-call list under contract.  By targeting the company, it sends the message that no one is above the law.  Second, as I wrote last year, Bell was seemingly the top source of complaints among reputable companies:

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December 21, 2010 10 comments News

UK, Ireland Conduct Studies on Fair Use Copyright Reform

The UK and Ireland are both engaged in reviews of intellectual property laws with an emphasis on fair use reforms.  The UK study, focusing on innovation and economic growth, can be found here.  Information on the Irish plans here.

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December 21, 2010 9 comments Must Reads

Federal Court Awards PIPEDA Damages

Slaw reports that a federal court judge has awarded $5,000 in damages to a self-represented applicant for violations of PIPEDA, relating to an inaccurate credit report.

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