Archive for June 4th, 2007

Multilingual Domain Name Delay A Barrier to Net Diversity

Appeared in the Toronto Star on June 4, 2007 as It's Time to Support a Multilingual Web Imagine if each time a Canadian Internet user entered an email or website address, they would be required to include a Chinese or Cyrillic character.  For millions of non-English speakers around the world, […]

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June 4, 2007 4 comments Columns Archive

Is Telus Overreaching With YouTube Copyright Claims?

A blog reader points to a site listing more than a dozen videos posted on YouTube that Telus has demanded be removed due to copyright concerns.  While there are several videos that may indeed be subject to Telus copyright, many others appear to merely involve union videos that surely do […]

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June 4, 2007 15 comments News

Olympic Marks Bill on the Fast Track

Bill C-47, the government's Olympic marks legislation, has been quietly placed on the fast track.  The very fast track.  With no warning, the bill heads to committee this week with hearings today (Industry Canada, VANOC) and Tuesday (several Olympic athletes and committees, clause by clause).  With clause-by-clause review already on the schedule, the Industry Committee will only conduct a limited review and the bill could head back to the full House of Commons for third and final reading by the end of the week.

I've posted several items about the bill, expressing concern about substantive shortcomings and legislative fairness.  Given the government's determination to fast track this bill, the most that can be done is to suggest some modest reforms to the bill (dropping the bill is out of the question and major surgery is not permitted at this stage).  With that in mind, the Committee should consider recommending at least two changes:

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June 4, 2007 1 comment News