The Supreme Court of Canada today granted leave to appeal in the Crookes v. Newton case, which involves alleged online defamation and the liability for linking to a defamatory article. Update: Coverage from Canwest on the implications of the case.
Archive for April 1st, 2010
As Industry Minister Tony Clement and Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore continue to work on a copyright reform package, it is worth reviewing comments from both Ministers over the past year about C-61, copyright reform, and innovation. The vision presented is that the world has changed since C-61, Canada has flexibility in how it implements digital reforms, and that technology and the Internet should be embraced as a great opportunity.
Clement on C-61 in July 2009 at the Calgary roundtable:
"C-61 doesn't exist anymore, it obviously died with the last Parliament, and if you think that there are other ways that we should frame new legislation, by all means please bring that to our attention as well. Don't feel constrained by the formulation in C-61. James and I are of the view that already some aspects of that Bill are out of date such as the movement of technology."
The Public Domain blog takes issue with a recent off-hand comment from Bloc MP Thierry St-Cyr, who suggested that there is no copyright in comments made during Question Period debate. The reality is the opposite – the government asserts crown copyright in the House of Commons official record, Hansard.
The Wire Report reports the Liberal Party is considering promoting a special legislative committee to address the forthcoming copyright reform bill.