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Liberal MP Dan McTeague Emerges As Unofficial CRIA Spokesperson

Last week, I reported on a major Canadian lawsuit filed by 26 record labels against isoHunt.  The legal action, filed in May 2010 without any press releases or public disclosure by CRIA, seeks millions in damages and an order shutting down the controversial website. At the same time as the labels filed the statement of claim, the four major labels responded to isoHunt's effort to obtain a declaration that it operating lawfully in Canada. Their Statement of Defence (posted here - excuse the poor scan) also makes the case that isoHunt currently violates Canadian copyright law.

Notwithstanding a clear-cut case of how Canadian law can be used today to target infringing activity (supported by some of the strongest statutory damages found anywhere in the world), Liberal MP Dan McTeague rose on a point of order during last Thursday's Bill C-32 hearing to make the following statement:


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Chilean and NZ Proposals for TPP IP Chapter: Counter IP Abuse, Support Public Domain

The Chilean and New Zealand proposals for the intellectual property chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have leaked (Canada has been excluded from the talks so far). The leaks demonstrate how much different many other countries view the inclusion of IP in trade agreements when compared to the U.S. and Europe. 

For example, the Chilean proposal includes provisions countering abuse of IP rights and affirms the right to"establish provisions to facilitate the exercise of permitted acts where technological measures have been applied." Meanwhile, New Zealand seeks a commitment to policy dialogue that includes " how copyright can support and encourage the development of innovative business models and promote better access to works, including enhancing the availability of orphan works and material in the public domain." 

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Clement Vows to Overturn CRTC if UBB Decision Unchanged

Industry Minister Tony Clement told a University of Alberta audience yesterday that "We asked (the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) to review their decision, and if they come back with the same decision the cabinet would overrule it because it wouldn’t be consistent with government policy...promoting competition and choice." Clement added that "You can’t have competition and choice if you allow a major carrier to force its business model onto an independent service provider."
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OpenMedia.ca To Launch Stop the Meter Day of Action

OpenMedia.ca is holding a national Stop the Meter Day of Action on Saturday, February 26th.  Details at their site.
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