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Canadian Copyright Lobby Seeking Mandated ISP Filtering

CRIA's Graham Henderson was in Ottawa today together with several other music groups to make their case for immediate copyright reform. Perhaps responding to the recent masthead editorials in the Vancouver Sun and National Post, the group met with the Ottawa Citizen's editorial board which has posted an MP3 version of the conversation. While there are some shots at me (counterfactual information?) and the obligatory distribution of Barry Sookman's attack on me and the Facebook group, there are two story lines that are worth noting (in addition to the ironic use of the CMCC's Feist as the Canadian artist example and the weak response to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada's concerns). 

The first is that there is a great deal of common ground between what Henderson, CIRPA's Duncan McKie and the other attendees want and the Fair Copyright for Canada principles.  Henderson and McKie both indicate that they have no intention of launching file sharing lawsuits, which should make the changes to the statutory damages provisions relatively non-contentious (though not a big win for users either).  More importantly, several people in the room say they want WIPO, not the DMCA.  That can be consistent with the Fair Copyright for Canada principles – linking anti-circumvention legislation to copyright infringement, avoiding a ban on devices that can be used to circumvent, and distribution as part of the making available right are all consistent with WIPO implementation.

While that is the good news, the second big story – which can easily be missed if you aren't paying attention – should send a chill down the spine of millions of Canadians. 

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January 22, 2008 Comments are Disabled Stop CDMCA

How the Grinches Stole ‘Net Neutrality’

The Tyee runs a story on the net neutrality issue.

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December 30, 2007 1 comment Must Reads

How the Grinches Stole ‘Net Neutrality’

The Tyee runs a story on the net neutrality issue.

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December 30, 2007 Comments are Disabled Neutrality

Rogers Experimenting With Content Substitution

Canadians are accustomed to "simultaneous substitution" for commercial television, so as the Internet on Cable becomes the Internet as Cable, I suppose it should not surprise that Rogers is experimenting with content substitution on the Internet.  Lauren Weinstein reports that Rogers has begun inserting commercial messages into third party web […]

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December 11, 2007 24 comments News

Bell Sympatico and Internet Throttling

A video posted to YouTube focuses on customer dissatisfaction with Bell Sympatico's throttling practices.

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December 2, 2007 69 comments Must Reads