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Copyright

‘Big Music’ Set to Declare War on its Audience

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Many online music fans reflect on July 26, 2000, as the day the music almost died. On that day a U.S. court ruled that Napster, the file-sharing phenomenon that took the world by storm, was engaged in copyright infringement and should be shut down. While the service survived for nearly 18 months longer, that initial decision clearly marked the beginning of the end for Napster.

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May 12, 2003 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

In Web Disputes, U.S. Law Rules the World

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Few Internet law issues generate more controversy than concerns surrounding Internet jurisdiction. In recent months, courts in both Australia and the United States have grappled with the issue in high-profile cases. The first involved an allegedly defamatory Wall Street Journal article about Joseph Gutnick, an Australian businessman who chose to sue in Australia rather than in the United States, where the newspaper is based. The second involved a copyright infringement suit launched in a California court against Kazaa, a leading online peer-to-peer file sharing service owned by an Australian company and incorporated in the Pacific nation of Vanuatu.

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February 24, 2003 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Net Copyright Reform: Its Deep in Policy Agenda

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Earlier this month the federal government delivered its much-anticipated Speech from the Throne, setting its legislative and policy agenda for the years ahead. Several days later, amid far less fanfare, it released a second legislative and policy agenda, which is must-reading for those concerned with copyright and the Internet because it establishes the government's priorities for copyright reform for at least the next five years.

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October 17, 2002 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Appeal Court Ruling the Latest Word on On-line Music

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From Quebec language laws to Internet lotteries, Canadian courts have addressed an unprecedented array of cyberlaw issues in 2002. This month, the Federal Court of Appeal entered the scene, issuing its much-anticipated "tariff 22" decision. The ruling provides the latest word on the dissemination of music on-line, the liability of Internet service providers, Internet jurisdiction, and the copyright law balance, all within the context of a potential on-line music royalty.

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May 16, 2002 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Key Case Restores Copyright Balance

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The view that Canada's copyright law tends to favour content creators may soon be put to rest in light of a recent Supreme Court copyright decision.

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April 18, 2002 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive