Committees

Last Call on C-11: My Appearance Before the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade & Commerce

Last Call on C-11: My Appearance Before the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade & Commerce

Today is copyright day at the Senate, where the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce is devoting seven hours to hearing from over 20 witnesses on Bill C-11, the copyright reform bill that passed the House of Commons earlier this week. I was asked to appear and participated in the first session of the day. My opening statement is posted below. The discussion focused primarily on the digital lock rules with a good opportunity to focus on the dangers of the current approach.  My recommendation was to use the regulation power found in Bill C-11 to create a digital lock exception linking circumvention to copyright infringement.

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June 22, 2012 82 comments Committees, News
Removing Telco Foreign Ownership Restrictions: My Appearance Before Senate Committee on Transport & Comm

Removing Telco Foreign Ownership Restrictions: My Appearance Before Senate Committee on Transport & Comm

The Senate Committee on Transport and Communications is conducting a pre-study on the changes to the Telecommunications Act contained in Bill C-38, the omnibus budget implementation bill. Last week, the committee heard from Industry Minister Christian Paradis and from the CRTC. This morning, I’ll appear before the committee to speak in support of removing the telecom foreign ownership restrictions.  My planned opening remarks:

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June 5, 2012 5 comments Committees, News

Privacy and Social Media: My Appearance Before the Ethics, Accountability & Privacy Committee

The House of Commons Committee on Ethics, Accountability and Privacy recently launched a major new study into the privacy concerns raised by popular social media sites. Yesterday I appeared before the committee and delivered the following opening statement:

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June 1, 2012 8 comments Committees, News

The Trouble With ACTA: My Analysis of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Earlier this year, I appeared at the European Parliament’s INTA Committee Workshop on ACTA where I reached the following conclusion: This report concludes that ACTA’s harm greatly exceeds its potential benefits. Given ACTA’s corrosive effect on transparency in international negotiations, the damage to international intellectual property institutions, the exclusion of […]

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May 10, 2012 11 comments Committees, News, Video

Assessing ACTA: Video of My Talk at the European Parliament

Yesterday I appeared at the European Parliament’s INTA Workshop on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.  I have written a commissioned report for the committee on ACTA that should be released in a few weeks. In the meantime, my prepared remarks provide a good overview of the main arguments and this video […]

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March 2, 2012 17 comments Committees, News, Video