Archive for June 21st, 2010

ACTA Emergency Communique: Add Your Name Today

Last week, I had the honour of delivering the opening keynote address at a conference on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement held in Washington.  The event brought together over 90 academics, practitioners and public interest organizations from five continents at American University Washington College of Law.  The resulting papers are among the most comprehensive anywhere on the implications of ACTA for countries around the world.

I plan to post my presentation shortly, but with negotiations scheduled to resume next week of greater urgency is a draft statement the reflects the conclusion of the meeting.  The statement is now open to endorsements.  Please read and consider adding your name to it by the deadline of Wednesday, June 23rd at 9:00 am by visiting the PIJIP site or emailing  A draft is posted below:

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June 21, 2010 14 comments News

ESAC Says C-32 Needed To Guard Against Video Game Cheating

The Entertainment Software Association of Canada's Danielle LaBossiere Parr published an op-ed in the Calgary Herald supporting the digital lock provisions in C-32 (Heritage Minister James Moore saw fit to tweet the op-ed).  The op-ed doesn't contain many surprises – entertainment software is booming in Canada (and has been for years without copyright reform) but the ESAC says without reforms the future of the business is threatened.

There are three claims that demand a response, however. 

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June 21, 2010 39 comments News

Unlocked iPhones Could Herald True Mobility

Appeared in the Toronto Star on June 21, 2010 as Unlocked iPhones Could Herald True Mobility Apple begins selling the latest version of its iPhone this week in the United States and while the device will not be sold in Canada until mid-July, Canadians will be among the few that […]

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