Archive for February 16th, 2011

CRTC Closes Net Neutrality Complaint Against Rogers

The CRTC has closed the net neutrality complaint against Rogers, concluding that it is satisfied with the ISPs response and disclosure practices.

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February 16, 2011 77 comments News

CIRA to Host Canadian Internet Forum

CIRA is hosting the first Canadian Internet Forum on February 25, 2011 in Ottawa. The CIF will address a range of issues including digital leadership and literacy.

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February 16, 2011 2 comments News


Rogers Internet Management.pdf

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February 16, 2011 Comments are Disabled General

Pulling a Fast One?: Who Is Really Hurt By C-32’s Missing Fair Dealing Circumvention Exception

For the past two Bill C-32 committee meetings, Conservative MP Ed Fast, a new member of the committee, has emerged as an important questioner. Fast has focused on the digital lock rules with several exchanges that defend the government’s approach. While dozens of groups (including education, consumer groups, libraries, archivists, retailers, and technology companies) have called for a link between circumvention and copyright infringement, Fast believes that opening that door would effectively eliminate the use of digital locks. 

For example, yesterday he asked the Canadian Federation of Students how it could justify “eliminating digital locks altogether by allowing circumvention for fair dealing purposes?” Last week, he had a similar exchange with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, stating “my concern is if you go that extra step and allow circumvention for fair dealing, you’ve now made it so much more easy to actually allow the cheaters to undermine the system, where digital locks become absolutely meaningless.”

Fast has clearly given some thought to the digital lock issue, but he is wrong that linking circumvention to actual copyright infringement would render digital locks irrelevant. 

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February 16, 2011 23 comments News