Professor Geist’s regular Toronto Star (Toronto Star version, HTML backup article, homepage version) column focuses on a recent application for a new Canadian copyright tariff on ringtones. The application by copyright collective SOCAN has generated some surprising opposition, with the Canadian Recording Industry Association actively opposing the request for ten […]
Archive for August, 2004
Music industry abruptly changes tune on ringtones
Those weary of copyright tariffs — from the private copying tariff on blank CDs and DVDs to the fees associated with playing music everywhere from concert halls to dentist offices — will not like what they are about to read. Yet another tariff is coming our way. This particular […]
Canadian Privacy Commissioner Releases Patriot Act Submission
The Canadian Privacy Commissioner has responded to the B.C. Commissioner’s call for comment on the implications of the Patriot Act on Canadian privacy. The Commissioner argues that if a foreign organization has a Canadian subsidiary that holds personal information about Canadians in Canada, an order by a foreign court cannot […]
Experts Say Nigeria Not Ready for E-commerce
Several groups have pointed to an insufficient telecommunications backbone in arguing that Nigeria is not ready for e-commerce development.
Telkom Plans To Push Ahead with Parody Site Suit
Telkom, a leading South African telecommunications provider, plans to push ahead with legal action against the owner of Hellkom, a satirical criticism site. Telkom's recent move to try to shut down the site has reportedly increased Hellkom's popularity.