Archive for November, 2009

U.S. Senators Call for ACTA Transparency

While the MPAA characterizes the calls for ACTA transparency as a distraction, at least two U.S. Senators do not agree.  Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VI) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have written to USTR, asking that the ACTA text be made public.

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November 24, 2009 2 comments Must Reads

Library Content Alliance on ACTA

The Library Content Alliance has produced an issue brief on ACTA demonstrating specific concerns to the library community.

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November 24, 2009 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Canton on Digital Copyright Reform

David Canton, writing in the London Free Press on digital copyright: "the three strikes proposal is not a palatable solution."

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November 24, 2009 1 comment Must Reads

CWTA on Canadian Wireless

"Canada's cellphone market is 'hypercompetitive'"

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November 24, 2009 2 comments Must Reads

Broadcaster Plan Involves More Than Just Fee-For-Carriage

In the weeks leading to the CRTC hearing on broadcasting licences, Canadians were inundated with splashy advertising campaigns claiming that new fees for local signals were either a TV tax or would save local television.  With all of the major broadcasters and cable companies appearing before the commission, the fee-for-carriage (or value-for-signal) issue unsurprisingly took centre stage at last week's hearing.

Yet those convinced that the broadcaster plan was limited to a new fee were in for a rude awakening.  My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that fee-for-carriage is only part of the story, as broadcasters are also seeking to block U.S. signals, leave some Canadian communities without over-the-air television, and delay the transition to digital television transmission until 2013.

The prospect of blocking U.S. television signals will come as a shock to many, but both CTV and Canwest, Canada's two largest private broadcasters, have asked the CRTC to establish a new program deletion policy. 

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November 23, 2009 24 comments Columns