Archive for November 22nd, 2011

Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Group Calls For Graduated Response, More Restrictive Digital Lock Rules

The Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network is back in the news today with a refreshed version of its 2007 report that recommended new border measure powers, legal reforms, and a massive increase of public tax dollars for enforcement and education programs. Many of those same recommendations are back with claims that the government should pour millions into anti-counterfeiting activities, increase criminal penalties, expand seizure powers, and ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. 

On the Bill C-11 front, the CACN wants to gut many of the balancing provisions, including limiting the scope of the already overly restrictive digital lock exceptions, dropping the ISP notice-and-notice approach in favour of a graduated response that could lead to terminating Internet service for individual users, and removing the distinction between commercial and non-commercial infringement for statutory damages despite the fact that Canada is one of the few countries to have such damage provisions (which would pave the way for more Hurt Locker style lawsuits against individuals). 

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November 22, 2011 9 comments News

Napster Drops Out of Canada, Warns Users Of Lost Purchases Due to Digital Locks

Napster Canada has advised its customers that it is shutting down operations effective December 16, 2011. The move comes weeks after Napster US became part of Rhapsody and users were assured that Canadians would be unaffected by the move. The company warns users to create backup copies of downloaded music […]

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November 22, 2011 15 comments News

Treasury Board Releases Web 2.0 Guidelines for Government Use

The Treasury Board has released new Guideline for External Use of Web 2.0, which offers specific guidance on the use of social media and other Web 2.0 tools by government departments.

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November 22, 2011 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

The Anatomy of Lawful Access Phone Records

Christopher Parsons has a great post that unpacks lawful access phone records and explains why lawful access requires far more than simple phone book records.

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November 22, 2011 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Daily Digital Lock Dissenter, Day 35: Cdn Assoc of Edu Resource Centres for Alt Format Materials

The Canadian Association of Educational Resource Centres for Alternate Format Materials is an informal organization that promotes and facilitates the sharing of educational materials amongst eleven Educational Resource Centres across Canada. Each centre has a mandate to provide alternate format resources to students with perceptual disabilities who are enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 12 and/or Post-Secondary education programs in their respective province or region.  In its submission to the 2009 national copyright consultation, the CAER recommended:

Provide an exception that permits the circumvention of digital rights management and technological measures for purposes of creating an alternate format. Permit the use of circumvention devices for the purposes of preparing materials for alternate format production.

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November 22, 2011 1 comment News