Archive for March, 2010

House of Commons Debate on iPod Levy

There was a lengthy debate on the iPod levy in the House of Commons on Friday, including discussion on my appearance before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage the day before.

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March 29, 2010 5 comments News

Simon Fraser University Adopts Open Access Strategy

Simon Fraser University has become the latest Canadian university to adopt policies designed to support open access.

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March 29, 2010 Comments are Disabled News



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March 29, 2010 Comments are Disabled General

Broadcasting Policy Without A Net

Appeared in the Toronto Star on March 29, 2010 as Broadcast Policy Gives the Web a Wide Berth After months of intense lobbying and marketing that pitted broadcasters ("Local TV Matters") against cable and satellite companies ("Stop the TV Tax"), the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission weighed in last week […]

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March 29, 2010 1 comment Columns Archive

Toward an ACTA Super-Structure: How ACTA May Replace WIPO

[This post appears jointly here and at the PublicACTA site]

For the past two years, most of the ACTA discussion has centered on two issues: (1) substantive concerns such as the possibility of three strikes and a renegotiation of the WIPO Internet treaties; and (2) transparency issues.  The leak of the comprehensive ACTA text highlights the fact that a third issue should be part of the conversation.  The text reveals that ACTA is far more than a simple trade agreement.  Rather, it envisions the establishment of a super-structure that replicates many of the responsibilities currently assumed by the World Intellectual Property Organization.  Given the public acknowledgement by negotiating countries that ACTA is a direct response to perceived gridlock at WIPO, some might wonder whether ACTA is ultimately designed to replace WIPO as the primary source of international IP law and policy making.

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March 26, 2010 9 comments News