Archive for October, 2006

Oda on Copyright Bill Timing

Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda appeared before the Canadian Heritage Standing Committee last week and was asked directly about the timing of a new copyright bill.  The exchange: Belanger (Lib.) – Madame Minister, is it still your intention to introduce legislation on copyrights this fall, or are we now looking […]

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October 28, 2006 Comments are Disabled News

Bloc Seeks Regulatory Control Over Telecom

Interesting exchange yesterday in the House of Commons as the Bloc took the government's emphasis on deregulating telecommunications to the ultimate conclusion – "since the government is no longer interested in regulating telecommunications, why does it not just transfer its telecommunications authority to the Government of Quebec?"

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October 27, 2006 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Entwistle on Copyright

I have been remiss in not calling attention to a speech last week to the Chamber of Commerce from Telus CEO Darren Entwistle.  While competitors such as Bell and Rogers stay silent on the sidelines, Telus is emerging as a leading industry voice for a copyright policy that encourages innovation, compensation for artists, and full respect for consumer rights.  It is not everyday that the CEO of a major Canadian company says "lastly, and perhaps most importantly, it is time to update our copyright regime" and then proceeds to outline a vision that focuses on robust fair use rather than dangerous anti-circumvention legislation.

Given their importance, Entwistle's copyright comments merit a full quote:

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October 25, 2006 8 comments News

CRIA Loses Judicial Review of Copyright Board Decision

The Federal Court of Appeal has rejected a CRIA judicial review request of a Copyright Board decision that required it to notify its (shrinking) list of Class "B" members of its decision to no longer represent them in the CSI online music tariff.

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October 25, 2006 2 comments Must Reads

CBC Q&A on Copyright

The CBC has posted a brief (and somewhat incoherent) interview I did on copyright in the wake of the SCC's Robertson decision.

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October 24, 2006 Comments are Disabled Must Reads