Archive for September, 2012

Dutch Government Says No CETA With ACTA Provisions

The Dutch government has confirmed that it will not sign a Canada – EU Trade Agreement that includes provisions found in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

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September 19, 2012 2 comments Must Reads

Will ACTA Ever Become a Valid Treaty?

IP Watch considers whether the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement has the necessary support to obtain six ratifications to take effect. Thus far, only Japan has ratified the agreement.

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September 19, 2012 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

The Economist on Trade Deals and Patent Protection

The Economist speaks out on the dangers of using trade agreements to increase patent protections, stating that “America should not use trade deals to swaddle drugmakers in excessive patent protections.” The comments focus on India and the U.S, but could easily be applied to the Canada – EU Trade Agreement.

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September 19, 2012 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

CRTC Places Consumers and Access at the Top of its Priority List

The Canadian communications world is focused this week on the proposed merger between Bell and Astral Media as the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission holds its much-anticipated hearing on the issue in Montreal. While the merger takes centre stage, the Commission may have upstaged the process last Thursday by releasing a detailed priorities document that covers the next three years. 

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that with Jean-Pierre Blais installed as the new CRTC chair and the Conservatives emboldened by majority government, the Commission’s priorities send a message of change in Canadian communications policy. The days of emphasizing Canadian content rules or legislative overhauls are over, replaced by a consumer-oriented focus on affordable access to both content and connectivity services.

The CRTC priorities document identifies a single overarching objective: “ensuring that Canadians have access to a world-class communication system.” Given the myriad of policy objectives contained in both the Telecommunications Act and the Broadcasting Act, the singular focus on consumer access is a subtle but important change from the approach of the previous chair, Konrad von Finckenstein.

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September 10, 2012 4 comments Columns

CRTC Places Consumers and Access at the Top of its Priority List

Appeared in the Toronto Star on September 9, 2012 as CRTC Puts Consumers and Access at the top of its Priority List The Canadian communications world is focused this week on the proposed merger between Bell and Astral Media as the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission holds its much-anticipated hearing […]

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September 10, 2012 1 comment Columns Archive