The UK Government has issued its response to the Hargreaves Report, noting that it will be dropping prior plans to implement an ISP blocking scheme and will introduce new exceptions for parody and private copying without a levy: The Government will therefore bring forward proposals in autumn 2011 for a […]
Archive for August 3rd, 2011
US Strikes Deal With Canada, Mexico on Spectrum Sharing
AllThingsD reports that the FCC has struck deals with both Canada and Mexico to enable the sharing of certain wireless spectrum in border areas.
Nowak on CRTC Communications Report
Peter Nowak takes the CRTC to task on its new Communications Monitoring Report, particularly its conclusion that Canada is a leader on broadband download speeds.
Government Launches Anti-Spam Site
The federal government has launched a new anti-spam site at FightSpam.gc.ca. The site will grow once new anti-spam law regulations take effect.
Ontario Court Grapples With Legalities of Anonymous Online Postings
My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that striking the balance between protecting anonymous free speech on the one hand and applying defamation laws on the other sits at the heart of a new Ontario Superior Court decision released last week. The case involved postings about Phyllis Morris, the former mayor of Aurora.
In 2010, the website auroracitizen.ca featured an online chat forum where participants discussed a local election campaign. Morris, who was defeated in the election, launched a legal action during the campaign against the site, the chat forum moderators, its lawyers, and website host to order them to disclose the identity of three anonymous posters. Morris did not identify the specific defamatory words, but claimed that six posts were defamatory.
The court was therefore not asked to determine whether the posts at issue were in fact defamatory. Rather, it simply faced the question of whether it should order the disclosure of personal information about the posters themselves so that Morris could proceed with a defamation lawsuit.