Archive for January 3rd, 2012

Crystal Ball Gazing at the Year Ahead in Tech Law and Policy

Technology law and policy is notoriously unpredictable but 2012 promises to be a busy year. My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) offers some guesses for the coming months:

January. The Supreme Court of Canada holds a hearing on whether Internet service providers can be treated as broadcasters under the Broadcasting Act. The case, which arises from a CRTC reference to the courts on the issue, represents the last possibility for an ISP levy similar to the one paid by broadcasters under the current rules.

February. Industry Minister Christian Paradis unveils proposed spectrum auction rules along with changes to Canadian restrictions on foreign ownership of telecom companies. After the earlier trial balloon of opening up the market to companies with less than 10 percent market share generated a tepid response, the government jumps in with both feet by announcing plans to remove foreign investment limits for telecom companies starting in 2013 in conjunction with the next spectrum auction.

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Crystal Ball Gazing at the Year Ahead in Tech Law and Policy

Appeared in the Toronto Star on January 1, 201 as 2012 could be busy year for Internet technology law and policy in Canada Technology law and policy is notoriously unpredictable but 2012 promises to be a busy year. My best guess for the coming months: January. The Supreme Court of […]

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Copyright and Open Access at the Bedside

The New England Journal of Medicine features an article on copyright overreach as a cognitive screening test faces copyright infringement claims and a longstanding test disappears from textbooks, websites, and clinical tool kits.

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January 3, 2012 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

2011 in Review: Developments in ACTA

The EFF provides a helpful review of ACTA developments over the course of 2011, which included a signed agreement and a backlash in several countries.

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January 3, 2012 Comments are Disabled Must Reads