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Public Domain Day 2010

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Wallace McLean posts his annual list of authors whose works enter into the public domain in Canada this year.  There is additional coverage of public domain day here and here.  The issue should resonate particularly strongly this year, given the news that the European Union is demanding that Canada extend the term of copyright by an additional 20 years to life of the author plus 70 years (it is currently life plus 50 years). 
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Three Strikes Law Takes Effect in France

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Hadopi, the French three-strikes and you're out law, takes effect today. The law establishes a new state agency - the Higher Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Copyright on the Internet.

Update: Several people have written to report that the law has been delayed by the CNIL, the French data protection commission.  It will not take effect until at least April.


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How Technology Killed Copyright

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Canwest's Gillian Shaw examines how technology is challenging traditional copyright law and forcing business to innovate.
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CLawBies For 2009 Unveiled

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The CLawBies, which recognizes Canadian legal blogging, have been announced for 2009.  The great Slaw was easily named the best Canadian law blog.  This blog was named the Best Legal Tech Blog.

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