News Interviews

CBC’s The Current on Cyber Surveillance

I appeared on CBC’s The Current to discuss the Bill C-30, the Cyber Surveillance Bill and in particular warrantless access to internet subscriber information. This segment included Paul Gillespie. Audio can be found here.

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February 15, 2012 Comments are Disabled News Interviews, Tv / Radio

“Bill C-11 Is No SOPA”: My Response

Barry Sookman, lawyer and registered lobbyist for the Canadian Recording Industry Association (now Music Canada), the Motion Pictures Association – Canada, and Canadian Publishers Council, has an op-ed in the National Post claiming that concerns that proposed amendments to Bill C-11 could result in SOPA-style rules in Canada are the stuff of wild claims and hysteria.

The short response is that Sookman’s column – along with his clients – downplay the dramatic impact of their proposed amendments. Their proposed amendments to C-11 would radically alter the bill by constraining consumer provisions, heaping greater liability risk on Internet companies, and introducing website blocking and Internet termination to Canada. Several of these provisions are very similar in approach to SOPA in the U.S. and the comparison is both apt and accurate. Moreover, the column leaves the false impression that Bill C-11’s digital lock rules are standard when they are widely opposed by numerous stakeholders that Sookman would not dare to call anti-copyright.

There is much more to take issue with in the column and I’ve done so in paragraph-by-paragraph format below. Sookman’s column is posted in italics and my response immediately follows:

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February 8, 2012 64 comments News, News Interviews, Tv / Radio

How SOPA Could Affect Canadians

I appeared on the Lange & O’Leary Exchange on Jan 18, 2012 to discuss SOPA. This interview is available on YouTube and on CBC’s website. For the CBC video, skip to 46:55.

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January 18, 2012 Comments are Disabled News Interviews, Tv / Radio

Dark Wednesday: The Internet Protests SOPA

I appeared on CBC News to discuss the internet protest against proposed U.S. anti-piracy legislation, SOPA. Watch my interview on Youtube or on CBC’s website, for better quality.

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January 18, 2012 Comments are Disabled News Interviews, Tv / Radio

Triangulation: My Interview with Leo Laporte and Tom Merritt

Last month I conducted an hour-long interview with Leo Laporte and Tom Merritt on a new TWiT program called Triangulation.  The interview focuses primarily on ACTA and Canadian copyright reform.

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January 28, 2011 1 comment Must Reads, News Interviews, Tv / Radio