Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda is facing yet another controversy, this time over a $30 million summer festival program. Oda apparently invited Conservative MPs to come forward with suggestions of festivals for possible funding without providing a similar opportunity to MPs from other parties. In fact, the Canadian Heritage website […]
Archive for April 25th, 2007
Peter Black reports that Australia will formally accede to the WIPO Internet Treaties tomorrow. The move was widely anticipated after Australia entered into a free trade agreement with the United States.
In a noteworthy case pitting ASCAP (a leading U.S. copyright collective) against the online music services, a U.S. court has ruled against ASCAP in determining that there is no performance in a music download. Interestingly, SOCAN filed a brief in the case in support of ASCAP.
This morning the Canadian government announced that it is joining the U.S. World Trade Organization complaint against China over Chinese intellectual property protection. Canada will be a "third party" in the complaint, which was launched earlier this month over China's criminal statutes involving commercial-scale copyright infringement. The Department of Foreign […]