An Ontario court has issued an interesting decision in a copyright battle between Research in Motion and Atari (the National Post incorrectly suggested it is a patent case over the weekend, but it is actually copyright). The case involves claims by Atari that two games available on the Blackberry (BrickBreaker and Meteor Crusher) infringe Atari's copyright in Breakout and Asteroids. RIM launched an action in Ontario seeking a declaration that it is not infringing Atari's copyright.
Archive for August 27th, 2007
A student discussion forum confirms that the LSAC has substituted fingerprinting with a photograph for students who take the LSAT exam.
Facebook has reinstated a group devoted to the issue of animal testing at Dalhousie University. The University previously succeeded in getting the group taken offline.
The recent decision to shift Bev Oda out of the Canadian Heritage portfolio was one of the cabinet shuffle's worst kept secrets. While the current conventional wisdom is that Oda's replacement – Quebec City MP Josée Verner – will be a stronger voice for culture around the cabinet table, my technology law column this week (Toronto Star version, homepage version) argues that a change in Minister may not be enough. While Oda had her shortcomings, the reality may be that the problem lies less with the identity of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and more with the department itself.
Few doubt the importance of the cultural sector from both an economic and social policy perspective, yet that status is not reflected in the Department of Canadian Heritage, which has gradually morphed primarily into a granting agency for various cultural initiatives. Increased funding for festivals, films, museums, and other culture industry programs may be worthwhile, however, the problem with the grant approach is that it has locked Canadian Heritage into the status quo at a time of dramatic change.