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    The Case for Flexibility in Implementing the WIPO Internet Treaties: The Video

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    Friday October 22, 2010

    Last week's launch of From "Radical Extremism" to "Balanced Copyright": Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda included talks from six contributors to the book.  The full video of the panel can now be accessed here.  I've embedded my talk, which addressed my substantive contribution that focuses on the legal requirements to comply with the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Internet treaties, below.

     


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    The Case for Flexibility in Implementing the WIPO Internet Treaties

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    Wednesday October 20, 2010
    Over the next few weeks, I'll be placing the spotlight on the many contributions in From "Radical Extremism" to "Balanced Copyright": Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda.   My substantive contribution focuses on the legal requirements to comply with the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Internet treaties. With the treaties dating back to the 1990s the issue may seem dated, yet it still resonates today. Within a domestic context, the government has identified ratification of the WIPO Internet treaties as one of Bill C-32’s chief goals.  Internationally, the 1990s WIPO debate was re-enacted this year during the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations, with the U.S. again failing to convince its negotiating partners to adopt its implementation approach for anti-circumvention.

    My article examines the issue from four perspectives: the plain language of the statutory requirements, the legislative history behind the inclusion of anti-circumvention provisions within the treaty, state practice in implementing those requirements, and scholarly analysis of the treaty obligations.


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    Angus Calls Out Moore on WIPO: Says Fails to Understand Treaty, Makes Mockery of Copyright Balance

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    Tuesday July 06, 2010
    NDP MP Charlie Angus has issued a lengthy letter to Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore and Industry Minister Tony Clement that challenges them on the digital lock provisions in Bill C-32.  In a release on the letter, Angus states "the digital lock provisions will subject Canadians to arbitrary limitations on their legal rights of access. The government is trying to create the impression that this unbalanced approach to digital locks is necessary in order to bring Canada into compliance with WIPO and the Berne Convention. Nothing could be further from the truth."  He adds:

    "The government is establishing a two-tiered set of rights. Bill C-32 offers rights that consumers will be restricted from exercising. These provisions make a mockery of the claim that the bill is balanced and pro-consumer. Either the government has a faulty understanding of international treaty obligations or is looking to use these existing treaties as a cover to pursue a specific political agenda. The New Democratic Party will challenge any provisions that would lead to unbalanced and arbitrary copyright legislation."

    The letter delves into much greater detail on the digital lock issue, discussing how there is flexibility at international law with Angus emphatically stating "I believe the government will be unable to produce evidence that these onerous digital lock provisions are the result of existing treaty obligations."  As result, Angus makes a formal request that the government seek an opinion from WIPO on the issue of exceptions to digital locks.


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    WIPO Publishes Study on the Public Domain

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    Monday June 14, 2010
    WIPO has published a scoping study on the public domain by Belgian law professor Séverine Dusollier.  The study includes discussion of the impact of anti-circumvention rules on access to public domain works.
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