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The Download Decade Turns to Copyright

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The Globe and Mail's Download Decade turns to the issue of copyright today.  The package includes a lengthy article on the issue, a global map of the copyfight, and the launch of a public wiki on copyright reform.  The wiki is an interesting initiative - the Globe plans to wrap it up on July 1st and send the results to the government. There is also a video debate (embedded below) on copyright issues between CRIA lawyer Barry Sookman and me in which we were both asked the same questions and the responses run side-by-side.


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The Download Decade Turns to Copyright

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The Globe and Mail's Download Decade turns to the issue of copyright today.  The package includes a lengthy article on the issue, a global map of the copyfight, and the launch of a public wiki on copyright reform.  The wiki is an interesting initiative - the Globe plans to wrap it up on July 1st and send the results to the government. There is also a video debate (embedded below) on copyright issues between CRIA lawyer Barry Sookman and me in which we were both asked the same questions and the responses run side-by-side.


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Divisions Between US and EU Begin to Appear Over ACTA

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A recent issue of Inside US Trade featured a detailed report (sub required) on the European Union positions in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations.  The article cites comments from Pedro Velasco Martins, an EU official involved in the ACTA negotiations and points to several areas of disagreement:
  1. The scope of ACTA coverage.  The Europeans would like to extend ACTA to patents.  Canadian officials are known to want to limit it to copyright and trademark.
  2. Anti-camcording provisions.  The Europeans are not supportive of a specific anti-camcording provisions.  The U.S. obviously is and pressured Canada to enact such a provision in 2007.
  3. Dispute Resolution.  The Europeans prefer a "peer review" approach to review compliance.  Other countries are known to support a judicial process complete with penalties for non-compliance.
  4. Internet provisions.  The Europeans are not prepared to go beyond existing EU law of any Internet provisions.  This potential makes the European Parliament's support to block a three strikes system important.
These divisions point to the value of more countries entering into the negotiations as that will provide a greater diversity of views at the table.

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New Zealand Launches ACTA Consultation

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New Zealand has launched its second ACTA consultation.  This consultation asks specific questions about border measures, civil enforcement, and criminal enforcement.
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Vancouver Moves Toward Becoming an Open City

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The City of Vancouver's City Council will consider a motion next week to become an open city.  The motion endorses principles around open and accessible data, open standards, and the use of open source software.
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