Archive for June, 2008

There is a ton of media attention on the petition at, which has collected nearly 20,000 signatures since its launch several days ago.  The Rogers pricing and data caps for the iPhone make it very difficult to use the device as a true networked device with full video and […]

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June 30, 2008 42 comments News

An ACTRA Member Speaks Out on C-61

An absolute must-read post on C-61 from Jason Chesworth, an ACTRA member who laments "how can ACTRA continue to bash our collective heads against the brick wall of government (censorship, arts funding) and keep coming up empty-handed, AND THEN – hand copyright and intellectual property control over to the very […]

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June 30, 2008 1 comment News

61 Reforms to C-61, Day 6: Time Shifting Provision Excludes Internet-Only Recording

In one of several examples of how Bill C-61 takes a very short-sighted view of technology and the Internet, the new time shifting provision explicitly excludes Internet-based transmissions (unless communicated simultaneously via radio or television).  With a growing number of Internet-only broadcasters, this time-shifting provision fails to keep pace with […]

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June 30, 2008 6 comments News

CIRA Creates Backdoor to Domain Name Information

Appeared in the Toronto Star on June 30, 2008 as CIRA's 'whois' Policy a Stunning Setback for Privacy Two months ago, I wrote a glowing review of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority's new "whois" policy that was supposed to better protect the privacy of hundreds of thousands of Canadians.  The […]

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June 30, 2008 2 comments Columns Archive

Another Conservative MP on C-61

Given the widespread use of the Prentice/Verner form letter, it is always good to see MPs venture beyond talking points and actually address the substance of constituent concerns.  A reader recently passed along an exchange with MP Bev Shipley.  While I think Shipley should be commended for engaging on the […]

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June 29, 2008 21 comments News