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European Parliament Passes Resolution Calling on Canada To Support Moving ACTA to WIPO

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With the Canada - European Union summit underway this week, the European Parliament has just passed a resolution that calls on Canada to support even greater ACTA transparency and to shift the negotiations to an international organization such as WIPO.  The full paragraph within the resolution states that the European Parliament:

Hopes that Canada will fully support the EU's request to open up the ACTA negotiations to public scrutiny, as it requested in its resolution of 10 March 2010, and to have those negotiations conducted under the auspices of an international organisation, the most suitable being WIPO;

In the aftermath of its success in promoting release of the ACTA draft text, it is interesting to see the European Parliament becoming increasingly vocal about the ACTA negotiations.  Canada has remained generally silent on these issues and the EP resolution may help coax out a response.
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Writers Guild of Canada: Levy on All Distribution and Storage Points

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The Wire Report reports on this week's Canadian Heritage committee of the Writers Guild of Canada, which argued for two levies that would cover all distribution and storage points.  The WU wants both an ISP levy (as proposed to the CRTC last year) and an expansion of the private copying levy to cover audio-visual works. The WGC pointed to consumers' use of PVRs as an example of uncompensated copying that should be covered by a levy.  In other words, it believes that even time shifting - recording of television shows - should be subject to a fee.
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Why Canadians Should Care About ACTA

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The Mark News runs my opinion piece on why Canadians should care about ACTA, focusing on its specific implications for domestic policy.
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Covering the Return of the Canadian DMCA

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Yesterday's post on the government's plans for the copyright bill generated widespread coverage both online and in the mainstream media.  There were many notable blog posts from creators (here, here) and other sites (here, here, here, here, here, here). The media picked up on the story:

The articles themselves are home to hundreds of comments, with the CBC article alone featuring more than 700 comments in less than 24 hours.  The Wire Report includes a comment from Barry Sookman, CRIA's lawyer, arguing that leaking information was inappropriate and that the post is trying to "put pressure on the government to change a decision that is already made."

While Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore and the Prime Minister's Office were unsurprisingly mum on the contents of the bill, Liberal MP Justin Trudeau didn't mince words in this tweet: "Forget the hockey spat; DMCA is where @mpjamesmoore and I REALLY disagree."

Update: It was brought to my attention that the CBC report says I that said that the bill will end fair dealing. I said no such thing. I did not speak to CBC before the publication of that article and the post on which it is based clearly refers to flexible fair dealing reform, not the elimination of fair dealing.


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