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Michael Geist's Blog

Does Canada's Anti-Spam Law Really Make It Illegal To Promote a Child's Lemonade Stand? No.

Yesterday's post on the fears associated with Canada's anti-spam legislation focused on emails between extended family members. This post will examine personal relationships and the absurd claims that the current rules will stop everything from emailing a teacher to promoting a lemonade stand. Barry Sookman writes that the following would all likely be illegal under CASL:



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New Zealand Tribunal Issues First Graduated Response Decision

The New Zealand tribunal responsible for copyright graduated response cases has issued its first decision. The tribunal ordered an individual to pay $616.57, which included $6.57 for three songs, $50.00 for notice fees, $200 for the application fee, and a $360 deterrent fee ($120 per song). Most striking is that the New Zealand law forces the tribunal to statutorily presume infringement, despite an absence of evidence and denials by the individual.
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