Archive for March 25th, 2011

Another Copyright Bill Hits the Scrap Heap: Taking Stock of Canadian Digital Law and Policy Reform

Later today, it appears certain that the government will lose a non-confidence motion, spelling the end to the current Parliament and sending Canada into yet another election. There have been some legislative and policy successes since 2008 including the Anti-Spam law (C-28), a law involving ISPs and child pornography (C-22), and the recent launch of open government and open data initiatives.  In addition, the government re-appointed Privacy Commissioner of Canada Jennifer Stoddart for another three year term, supported the entry of Globalive into the Canadian wireless market, and pressured the CRTC to revisit its policy on usage based billing.

Notwithstanding these developments, the focus will undoubtedly shine on the bills and policies that were started but not completed. These include:

  • the digital economy strategy
  • a policy on foreign investment in telecommunications
  • a policy on foreign ownership in book publishing and distribution
  • a policy on the forthcoming wireless spectrum auction
  • Bill C-29, a bill to reform PIPEDA
  • Bill C-32, the copyright reform bill
  • Bills C-50, 51, 52, the lawful access bills
  • Bill C-393, the private members bill to facilitate access to generic medicines in Africa

The future for each of these initiatives varies.

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March 25, 2011 19 comments News

Rogers Admits Traffic Management Throttles World of Warcraft

Rogers has admitted that its traffic management practices may interfere with World of Warcraft. It says modifications to its software will not be ready until June.

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March 25, 2011 9 comments News

Supreme Court Grants Leave To Copyright, Broadcasting Cases

The Supreme Court of Canada yesterday granted leave to appeal in two notable cases – an appeal of the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision that ISPs are not broadcasters under the Broadcasting Act (I wrote about that decision here) and the never ending saga of Tariff 22, which involves tariffs […]

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March 25, 2011 4 comments News