Archive for January, 2006

New Yahoo Case Raises Old Questions

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, freely available version, BBC International version) examines the recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Yahoo decision involving the long-running battle over Internet jurisdiction. I argue that while the legal and jurisdictional implications are important, the Internet considerations highlight the complexity associated with […]

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January 25, 2006 Comments are Disabled Columns

Lessons Learned

The Bulte story is generating considerable media attention today (Canadian Press,, IT Business) as the "bloggers influence the election" angle is an attractive one.  This obviously continues the theme from last week when Macleans, Toronto Star, National Post, and Globe and Mail all discussed the same issue (as did […]

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January 24, 2006 9 comments News

Fighting for the Right to Fund Politicians

Almost lost amidst the aftermath of yesterday's election is a letter to the editor from CRIA General Counsel Richard Pfohl.  It would appear that CRIA wants to fight for more than just U.S. style copyright reform.  They also want to fight for the right to provide campaign contributions to politicians […]

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January 24, 2006 2 comments News

5722 Votes

Parkdale-High Park – 190/190 polls reporting Peggy Nash – 20690 Sam Bulte – 18489 In 2004, Sam Bulte won Parkdale-High Park by 3521 votes.  By shifting 5722 votes (more than any Toronto riding), I suspect that the copyright balance and fundraising issue played a role in the outcome.  While some […]

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January 24, 2006 18 comments News

New Yahoo Decision Raises Old Questions

Article appeared in the Toronto Star on January 23, 2006 as Borderless Internet Continues to Confound JudgesAppeared on the BBC on January 24, 2006 as The Law, Borders, and the Internet Nearly six years ago, two French anti-racism groups launched the Internet lawsuit heard round the world.  They filed suit […]

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January 22, 2006 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive