Archive for June 27th, 2005
As expected, a group of associations have filed a letter requesting that the federal government set aside or refer back to the CRTC the recent pay radio decision. The groups launching the appeal include ACTRA, the Canadian Independent Record Production Association, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, the Directors Guild of Canada, the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, the National Campus and Community Radio Association, SOCAN, the Songwriters Association of Canada, and the Writers Guild of Canada.
As many readers will have heard, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Grokster earlier today (Souter opinion, Ginsburg concurrence, Breyer concurrence).
I'm participating in a discussion of the decision at the Wall Street Journal online (free access for roundtable). My initial take and posting is:
My regular Law Bytes column (freely available hyperlinked version, Toronto Star version, homepage version) examines Bill C-60, Canada's new copyright reform bill. I argue that the bill represents a missed opportunity.
While some of provisions strike an admirable balance, those that are ostensibly designed to facilitate technology-based education and the digital delivery of library materials fall far short of their goal by hobbling any new rights with suffocating restrictions that render the provisions practically useless.