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The Trouble for Canadian Digital Policy in an ‘America First’ World

Canadian digital policy over the past decade has been marked by a “made-in-Canada” approach that ensures consistency with international law but reflects national values and norms. On a wide range issues – copyright rules, net neutrality, anti-spam legislation, and privacy protection among them – the federal government has carved out policies that are similar to those found elsewhere but with a more obvious emphasis on striking a balance that includes full consideration of the public interest.

My Globe and Mail opinion piece notes that as with many issues, the burning question for the Liberal government is whether the Canadian digital policy approach can survive the Donald Trump administration. Trade pressures are likely to present Canada with an enormous challenge in maintaining its traditional policy balancing act since the United States is already using tough talk to signal demands for change. This suggests that many Canadian policies will be up for negotiation, although there are some potential opportunities that reside outside of the trade talk spotlight.

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January 25, 2017 Comments are Disabled Columns

The Economist on Trade Deals and Patent Protection

The Economist speaks out on the dangers of using trade agreements to increase patent protections, stating that “America should not use trade deals to swaddle drugmakers in excessive patent protections.” The comments focus on India and the U.S, but could easily be applied to the Canada – EU Trade Agreement.

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September 19, 2012 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Canada – EU Trade Agreement Negotiations Resume Next Week

Troy Media reports on the ongoing Canada – EU Trade Agreement negotiations.  Leaked documents indicate that there are signficant intellectual property demands from the Europeans.  Negotiations resume in Brussels on January 18th.

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January 11, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

DFAIT Consults on Canada – EU Trade Agreement

Howard Knopf points to a DFAIT consultation – with a deadline of tomorrow – on a possible trade agreement between Canada and the EU.  Intellectual property figures prominently in the discussion.  Note that DFAIT continues to accept comments on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which is being treated as an […]

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January 19, 2009 1 comment Must Reads

IP Bullied List Needed To Counter U.S. Trade and IP Linkage

My weekly Law Bytes column (freely available hyperlinked version, Toronto Star version, homepage version) focuses on the recent USTR Special 301 report and its specific criticisms of Canada's copyright plans. The column highlights the gradual escalation of U.S. linkage of trade and intellectual property protection and calls for the creation of new IP Bullied List that would include at least a dozen countries bullied into agreeing to stronger IP laws, along with a Bullied Watch List that would include dozens of countries currently negotiating similar trade agreements.

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May 9, 2005 Comments are Disabled Columns