Post Tagged with: "anti-circumvention"

UK APIG Report on DRM Released

The UK All Party Parliamentary Internet Group has released its report on DRM.  Lots of noteworthy recommendations including increased disclosures, warnings of possible criminal actions against those behind Sony rootkit type cases, competition investigations, and broader exemptions to anti-circumvention provisions.

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June 5, 2006 1 comment News

A New Voice

The Canadian music market has experienced some dramatic developments in recent months, most notably Nettwerk's decision to speak out against file sharing lawsuits (with financial backing of a U.S. defendant in one case), the CRIA/Pollara study, and the recent departure of six leading Canadian independent labels from CRIA.  While those […]

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April 25, 2006 13 comments News

Copyright Law and the Law

This week Slaw is hosting a theme week on copyright and asked me to kick things off with a guest post.  I've cross-posted below but head on over to the site and join in the discussion.

While the timing of a new Canadian copyright reform bill remains a mystery, there is little doubt that lawyers will play an important role whenever the successor to Bill C-60 is unveiled.  Whether as advocates, lobbyists, counsel, or independent experts, copyright reform invariably unleashes a torrent of conferences, workshops, papers, blog postings, and opinion pieces prominently featuring members of the legal profession. 

Often missing from the process, however, is discussion about the impact of copyright law on the law.  The bar's lack of participation in assessing copyright law's impact on the legal profession is unfortunate, since the legal perspective would add an important dimension to the debate.  Indeed, it is no coincidence that arguably the most important Supreme Court of Canada copyright law in recent memory – CCH Canadian v. Law Society of Upper Canada – struck directly at the intersection between copyright and the law.

If the legal profession were to become engaged in the copyright reform process with itself as the client, what issues might it address?  I'd like to cite four as a starting point and encourage Slawyers to add to the list.  My four include:

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April 24, 2006 Comments are Disabled News

The DMCA is Anti-Competitive

So says the CATO Institute, a noted free market, limited government, U.S. think tank. I provided a Canadian perspective on the competitive effects of anti-circumvention legislation in my contribution to the In the Public Interest book. (Thanks Howard!).

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March 21, 2006 Comments are Disabled News

A Revealing DRM Story

Barry Ritholtz posts a revealing story on his experience this weekend trying to purchase a copy-controlled CD.  As Ritholtz notes, it is difficult to decide which part of the story is stranger – the fact that the band doesn't want its work copy-controlled and did not provide permission for the […]

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October 31, 2005 4 comments News