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    Transport Canada Issues DMCA Takedown Over On-the-Record Response

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    Thursday February 02, 2012
    Transport Canada has reportedly issued a DMCA takedown notice to Scribd over an on-the-record response it provided to a journalist. The move is particularly odd (though not unprecedented, see here and here) given the document was issued to a journalist and the government changed its crown copyright licence last year to allow for private and non-commercial public use without the need for further permission.
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    Wikileaks Cable Confirms Public Pressure Forced Delay of Canadian Copyright Bill in 2008

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    Thursday April 28, 2011
    A new Wikileaks cable confirms that the Conservative government delayed introducing copyright legislation in early 2008 due to public opposition.  The delay - which followed the decision in December 2007 to hold off introducing a bill after it was placed on the order paper (and the Fair Copyright for Canada Facebook group took off) - lasted until June 2008.  The U.S. cable notes confirmation came directly from then-Industry Minister Jim Prentice, who told U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins that cabinet colleagues and Conservative MPs were worried about the electoral implications of copyright reform:

    From December 2007 to mid-February, senior GOC officials and well-informed private sector contacts assured the Embassy that legislative calendar concerns were delaying the copyright bill's introduction into Parliament.  Our contacts downplayed the small - but increasingly vocal - public opposition to copyright reform led by University of Ottawa law professor Dr. Michael Geist.  On February 25, however, Industry Minister Prentice (please protect) admitted to the Ambassador that some Cabinet members and Conservative Members of Parliament - including MPs who won their ridings by slim margins - opposed tabling the copyright bill now because it might be used against them in the next federal election.  Prentice said the copyright bill had become a "political" issue.  He also indicated that elevating Canada to the Special 301 Priority Watch List would make the issue more difficult and would not be received well.


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    DMCA Criminal Trial Dropped on Fairness Grounds

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    Friday December 03, 2010
    A DMCA criminal prosecution against an Xbox modder has been dropped by the prosecution on "fairness and justice" grounds.  The case was the first to test the criminal DMCA provisions as applied to game consoles.
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    The U.S. Influence on Bill C-32 Hits House of Commons Debate

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    Friday November 05, 2010
    One of the most notable aspects of the House of Commons debate on Bill C-32 thus far (debate continues today) has been the recognition by opposition MPs of the influence of the U.S. on the bill's digital lock rules.  In the opening debate, Bloc MP Carole LavallĂ©e argued:

    This bill was developed for the big American film and video game companies, and digital locks meet most of their needs. For these big American and European film and video game companies, the government did a good job.

    That theme continued in day two of the debate in this exchange between the NDP and the Liberals:


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