Archive for September, 2005

CRTC Invites Comments on Number Portability

Earlier this week I commented on the CWTA’s disappointing plan for cell phone number portability which envisions a full rollout in 2007, despite calls from the federal government to move expeditiously.  This afternoon the CRTC jumped into the fray, inviting comments on the issue including the CWTA’s proposed timeframe.  If […]

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September 16, 2005 3 comments News

Watch Tower Society Sues Canadian Site For Posting Religious Text

The Watch Tower Society, used by the Jehovah's Witnesses to promote religious worship, has sued a Canadian website for posting religious works online. The statement of claim (TIFF format) argues both copyright infringement (for the materials posted online) as well as trademark infringement (for the use of the domain […]

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September 14, 2005 15 comments News

Rights vs. Needs

Several people have written to ask for a comment on this week's O' Canada panel at the Future of Music Summit in Washington, DC.  In addition to my participation (and Walter McDonough's moderation) the panel featured CRIA President Graham Henderson, CMRRA's David Basskin, and MP Sarmite Bulte.  Much of the […]

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September 14, 2005 Comments are Disabled News

Number Portability

While I have been focused on the do-not-hesitate-to-call list issue this week, there has been another telephony issue making waves in Canada. The lack of cell phone number portability is widely viewed as a consumer impediment to switching providers and fostering a more competitive wireless marketplace in Canada.  The U.S. […]

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September 14, 2005 2 comments News

Canada’s Do-Not-Hesitate-To-Call List

My weekly Lawbytes column (freely available hyperlinked version, Toronto Star version) focuses on Bill C-37, which is designed to establish a do-not-call list.  Following its introduction, Bill C-37 was referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Natural Resources, Science and Technology for review.  Months later, the amended bill is virtually […]

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September 11, 2005 40 comments Columns