Archive for June, 2010

Who are James Moore’s “Radical Extremists”?

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore delivered a keynote address at a conference sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce's IP Council today and according to media reports warned against "radical extremists" seeking to oppose Bill C-32.  It should be obvious to virtually everyone that labeling those that seek reforms to a copyright bill as "radical extremists" is an embarrassing slander that should be promptly retracted.  While there are undoubtedly some that oppose the bill altogether (just as there are some that want tougher reforms including three strikes), characterizing those concerned with a copyright bill in this manner is wholly inappropriate for a cabinet minister.

So when Moore warns about radical extremists opposing C-32, who is he speaking of?  Who has criticized parts of the bill or called for reforms? A short list of those critical of the digital lock provisions in C-32 would include:

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June 22, 2010 64 comments News

Balanced Copyright for Canada Details Begin to Emerge

TVO's Search Engine examines the Balanced Copyright for Canada site in this week's podcast.  The podcast discusses some of Jesse Brown's concerns with the site. Meanwhile, Simon Doyle posts the names of some of the members of the site including many record company executives and their advisors.  Doyle's post includes […]

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June 22, 2010 25 comments News

All Opposition Parties Seeking Changes to C-32’s Digital Lock Provisions

The Wire Report covers similar terrain to one of my blog posts last week, namely that all three opposition parties are now on the record as seeking changes to C-32's digital lock provisions (the Green Party is similarly opposed to the provisions).  Liberal MP Mark Garneau told the publication that […]

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June 22, 2010 Comments are Disabled News

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