Archive for May 9th, 2011

Billboard Article Changes Tune on Canadian Copyright Reform

Last week, Billboard ran an article on what the Conservative majority government might mean for copyright reform. The article placed the spotlight on the sharp divide between the Canadian Recording Industry Association on one side and much of the remainder of the music industry on the other.  While CRIA was one of Bill C-32’s most vocal supporters (aided by its Balanced Copyright for Canada site), many other music associations including collectives, songwriters, and publishers were sharply critical.  This divide came through in the original article, noting that CRIA’s Graham Henderson told Billboard.biz that “he believes 90 percent of C-32 was agreed upon by members of the music industry ‘with just a difference of opinions on a couple of things'”.

That comment led to a sharp rebuke from Catherine Saxberg of the Canadian Music Publishers Association:

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Tory Majority Gives Ottawa A Crack At Breaking The Digital Logjam

Appeared in the Toronto Star on May 8, 2011 as Tory Majority Gives Ottawa A Crack At Breaking The Digital Logjam The election of a majority Conservative government has generated much speculation about the future of digital policies in Canada. It is hard to project precisely what will happen; given […]

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May 9, 2011 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

“Ireland is moving towards a ‘fair use’ doctrine”

Ireland has launched a review of its copyright law and many believe is leading the way toward the adoption of a fair use doctrine.

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CAUT Releases Guidelines for the Use of Copyrighted Material

The Canadian Association of University Teachers has released a new comprehensive guide to the use of copyrighted materials in schools. The guidelines assess the current state of fair dealing in Canada and provide assistance for those with questions on their copyright rights.

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Clement Open To Penalties for Data Breaches

Industry Minister Tony Clement says he is open to adding new penalties for privacy breaches to a bill that would establish mandatory security breach disclosures.  The comments come following the high profile Sony PlayStation Network breach and calls from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada for tougher penalties.

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