Archive for March, 2005
The Real Story Behind Canada’s Copyright Plans
My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version or free hyperlinked Ottawa Citizen version, homepage version) provides some context for last week s announcement on the government s plans for Canadian copyright reform. The immediate spin from the recording industry was that they were delighted with the push toward copyright reform. While I am sure they are happy that the government is doing something, a closer look at the actual proposals suggest that they did not get much of what they wanted.
The ISP March Toward Packet Preferencing Continues
Canada Rejects One-Sided Approach To Copyright Reform
Last spring the Canadian Heritage Standing Committee, a parliamentary committee chaired by Toronto MP Sarmite Bulte, conducted a series of hearings on copyright reform. Listening to a steady stream of rights holder groups, the committee virtually ignored the interests of users, researchers, educators, and the broader public interest as it […]
Japenese Study Finds No Negative Impact From P2P
A Keio University economics professor recently released research (Japanese report) that indicates that the use of "Winny", the most popular P2P application in Japan, has no effect on CD sales. In fact, the study found that P2P helps to promote music sales and allows for new music discovery were indicated by the research.
Government of Canada Unveils Plans for Copyright Reform
Industry Canada and Canadian Heritage, the two departments responsible for copyright policy in Canada, this morning released a joint statement on plans for copyright reform. There is an additional FAQ that fleshes out the issues. A bill is expected this spring and the statement spells out where Canada is headed.