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 […]
Archive for April, 2007
The OECD this week released its annual broadband statistics for the 30 OECD countries. The release notes that Canada ranks at the top of the G7 countries in terms of broadband penetration. A closer examination of the data, however, reveals that that good news masks far more disturbing trends. As recently as 2003, Canada ranked second in the OECD in broadband penetration. In 2004, it slipped to fifth and last year it dropped to eighth. This year, Canada dropped another spot to ninth and it is safe bet that it will drop out of the top 10 by next year.
Not only is Canada dropping in comparison to other OECD countries, but Canada's growth rate ranks second worst among all OECD countries. The OECD chart lists the countries alphabetically, but it is much more revealing to examine both overall rank and growth rates.
The International Development Research Centre has launched the IDRC Digital Library, becoming the first federal research granting institution to establish an open access institutional repository for the research that it funds.
The Copyright Board of Canada is currently conducting the Tariff 22 hearings with "the Coalition" (which includes CRIA and Apple) scheduled to appear next week. Public access to the parties' submissions typically excludes most financial information, however, the witness statement from CRIA President Graham Henderson contains an interesting piece of […]