Archive for February, 2008

ITWorldCanada on the BCBC

ITWorldCanada covers the emergence of the Business Coalition for Balanced Copyright as a key voice in the copyright debate.

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February 24, 2008 Comments are Disabled News

Conservative Party Accused of Copyright Infringement

The Ottawa Citizen runs a front page story alleging that the Conservative Party is being accused of copyright infringement for using a song without permission in last week's video on Liberal spending proposals.  The press conference was led by Industry Minister Jim Prentice.  Warner/Chappell Music Canada has sent a letter […]

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February 22, 2008 17 comments News

Nature Criticizes Canadian Science Policy

Nature has published an editorial criticizing the Canadian government's commitment to science.  The editorial takes on both the Liberals and Conservatives for a "dismal" track record.

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February 22, 2008 Comments are Disabled News

EFF Pioneer Award

I am truly stunned and incredibly honoured to have been named one of the recipients of the 2008 Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Awards.  As the release notes, "since 1991, the EFF Pioneer Awards have recognized individuals and organizations that have made significant and influential contributions to the development of computer-mediated […]

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February 21, 2008 32 comments News

Corporate Giants Call for Copyright Compromise

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, Vancouver Sun version, Ottawa Citizen version, homepage version) focuses on last week's big copyright reform development – the emergence of the Business Coalition for Balanced Copyright.  I note that under most circumstances, Telus and Rogers Communications fiercely compete in the marketplace.  The same can be said for Google and Yahoo!, the world’s two leading rival Internet search companies.  Yet last week these companies joined forces with a who's who of the telecom, Internet, retail, and broadcast communities in a single cause – the call for fair and balanced copyright reform.
Following months of Industry Minister Jim Prentice citing business demands as a critical factor behind his commitment to copyright reform, a powerhouse group of companies and business associations formed the Business Coalition for Balanced Copyright (BCBC) to speak for themselves. 

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February 19, 2008 10 comments Columns