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Michael Geist's Blog

Toews Draws False Link Between Magnotta Investigation and Lawful Access

As the search for Luka Magnotta continues, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has used the case as an opportunity to claim that Bill C-30 would have helped with the investigation. According to Toews, the Internet surveillance legislation would be helpful - "Certainly, that's what the police have told me - that the powers in Bill C-30 are very relevant to this type of investigation in terms of either determining who the individual is, or determining the whereabouts of an individual."

The Toews comments continue the longstanding trend of unsubstantiated claims by government officials about lawful access. In this case, there is simply no question that law enforcement can obtain the necessary warrant on customer name and address information (if an ISP refused as part of an investigation) and police have presumably obtained warrants for far more detailed information. Moroever, the surveillance capabilities at ISPs mandated by C-30 - which focus on real-time surveillance - appear completely irrelevant given that Magnotta fled to France. In fact, reports indicate that there were early warnings about Magnotta and the video openly available that were dismissed by police.  The Magnotta case does not demonstrate the need for lawful access, but rather shows how officials rely on sensationalist claims as they remain unable to muster convincing evidence of the need for the law.

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Provinces Express Concern Over Impact of CETA IP Provisions

The Canadian Press reports that several provinces have written to the federal government to express concern over the Canada - EU Trade Agreement intellectual property provisions and the potential increase in drug costs that may result. The provinces are demanding compensation of Canada caves to EU demands on drug patents.
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Copyright Board Ruling Attracts Global Attention

A recent Copyright Board of Canada ruling that establishes a second tariff for music played at weddings, parades, and other events is attracting international attention. Howard Knopf assesses the multiple payments now required for music played at a single event.
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Ottawa Citizen Covers Access Copyright Model Licence

The Ottawa Citizen covers the decision being faced by the University of Ottawa and Carleton University over whether to sign the Access Copyright model licence.
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