Archive for June, 2005
Bill C-60 User Guide: The ISPs and Search Engines
Bill C-60 makes for a challenging read since it adds, replaces, or amends existing Copyright Act provisions. There will no doubt be much discussion and debate around the bill in the coming months, but I thought it might be useful to provide a short users guide on the key provisions categorized by issue.
Bill C-60 User Guide: Peer-to-Peer File Sharing
I was not planning to deal specifically with file sharing since there is no "file sharing" provision in the bill. Since the issue continues to dominate discussion, however, (in no small part because the government itself has emphasized the issue) it may be useful to highlight the provisions that appear relevant to the question of file sharing.
Reconciling Cancon Requirements in the Age of the Internet
My regular Law Bytes column (homepage version, Toronto Star version) provides some further commentary on last week's CRTC pay radio decision. I argue that the Commission made the best of a bad hand and delivered a policy approach that prioritizes Canadian artists by adapting Canadian content requirements to emerging new technologies.
Canada Introduces New Copyright Bill
As expected, this afternoon the federal government introduced its copyright reform bill (UPDATE: Bill C-60 is now available online). In this age of instant analysis, new legislation does not work particularly well since it requires considerable study and scrutiny to develop a full sense of its implications.
Reconciling Canadian Content Requirements in the Age of the Internet
From policy decisions on Internet telephony to third language television broadcasters, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has faced more than its fair share of criticism in recent months. With last week’s much anticipated pay radio decision, the Commission was no doubt prepared for yet another flurry of negative commentary. […]