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    Google Settles Book Search Litigation

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    Tuesday October 28, 2008
    Details on the settlement - which include $125 million payment and new sales of out-of-print books - here.
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    Copyright Lobbying Behind Closed Doors

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    Wednesday August 20, 2008
    As thousands of individual Canadians speak out against C-61 this summer, certain groups have obtained special access to Industry Minister Jim Prentice and his political team to make their case.  The new lobbying rules require lobbyists to report their communications with politicians, political staff, and senior policy officials.  With the first round of reports now online (dating back to July 2nd), the following organizations have recently met with Prentice's political staff on intellectual property matters:
    • Canadian Recording Industry Association (lobbyist David Dyer meeting on August 11th with Prentice Chief of Staff Steven Kelly and political policy staff Zoe Addington and Bill Rogers)
    • Microsoft (lobbyist Geoff Norquay meeting on July 7th with Kelly)
    • CTVglobemedia (meeting on July 31st with Kelly)
    • Google (meeting on July 31st with Addington)
    Meetings with policy officials (rather than political staff) includes ADISQ and Astral Media (with Canadian Heritage ADM Jean-Pierre Blais) and Telus, Shaw, and Rogers (with Industry Canada ADM Ron Parker).  There are no meetings on intellectual property reported with Prentice himself, who, with few exceptions (notably a Canwest meeting on broadcasting), limited most of his meetings to oil and energy companies (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Petro-Canada, Encana, Nexen, Enmax, TransCanada, Imperial Oil).
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    Digital Advocacy Talk at Google UK

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    Wednesday August 06, 2008

    Earlier this year, I was invited to give a Policy Talks@Google talk at Google's London, UK office.  That talk, which focused on digital advocacy, has now been posted online.


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    Avril Lavigne, YouTube Entrepreneur

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    Thursday July 31, 2008
    Interesting article in the Globe and Mail describing how Avril Lavigne has earned about $2 million for herself, songwriters, and music publishers from YouTube.

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