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Michael Geist's Blog

We're Number...Five?

The OECD has released global broadband usage rates as of December 2004. This statistic was a matter of pride in Canada for the past several years. While South Korea holds a large lead over the rest of the world, Canadian officials wanted to ensure that everyone knew that Canada was number two.

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Canada's Upcoming Copyright Clash

The Literary Review of Canada's June issue is about to hit the newsstands and it includes The Upcoming Copyright Clash, an essay I wrote on copyright reform in Canada.

The essay brings together several themes that I've written about in the past including the value of the Canadian public domain and the danger associated with potential copyright term extension. It argues for a positive vision of copyright reform incluing the creation of a national digital library and greater usage rights for content created by the CBC, Canada's public broadcaster.

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Canada's Upcoming Copyright Clash

The Literary Review of Canada's June issue is about to hit the newsstands and it includes The Upcoming Copyright Clash, an essay I wrote on copyright reform in Canada.

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Task Force Report a Roadmap for Canning Canadian-Based Spam

Lost amidst the high drama on Parliament Hill last week was the release of Stopping Spam, the National Task Force on Spam's final report.

Given that I was a member of the Task Force I'm biased, but I sincerely think the report provides a valuable contribution to the fight against spam in Canada and it would be shame if it were to get lost in the shuffle.

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Task Force Report a Roadmap for Canning Canadian-Based Spam

Lost amidst the high drama on Parliament Hill last week was the release of Stopping Spam, the National Task Force on Spam's final report.

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The Test

Alex Cameron, who successfully argued the privacy issues in the BMG v. Doe file sharing case at both the trial and appellate level, has written with his reading of the test articulated by the Federal Court of Appeal. Alex has done a great job of pulling out the many precautions identified by the court to protect privacy interests.

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Over-Dose

Earlier today I provided links to some of the coverage from Thursday's file sharing decision. A small article from Dose, the free Canwest daily paper, was not included (it isn't online) but merits some attention.The article features brief Q & A's with Alex Cameron, who argued the privacy issues for CIPPIC, and with Graham Henderson, CRIA's President. In response to an open-ended question on his thoughts on the decision, Henderson responds:

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Media Coverage of File Sharing Decision

Not surprisingly, the media jumped all over yesterday's file sharing decision. Among the stories:

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds File Sharing Decision

This morning the Federal Court of Appeal issued its much-anticipated decision on music file sharing. The court upheld the lower court decision by denying CRIA's request for the identities of the 29 alleged file sharers. The reason for upholding the decision was straightforward - CRIA's evidence contained a wide variety of shortcomings and the appellate court was not about to issue a disclosure order in the face of bad evidence.

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Culture Imports and Exports

Statistics Canada this morning released its annual report on Canada's culture goods trade balance. This data covers cultural goods such as books, CDs, films, and art (royalty payments are included in the numbers).

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