Archive for September, 2011

Globe on Copyright’s War of Words

Kate Taylor of the Globe wrote a lengthy piece on copyright over the weekend, focused on divisions between education and copyright collectives.

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September 6, 2011 Comments are Disabled News

Communications Networks Falling Behind in the North

The Globe reports on how communications networks in the North are failing to meet demand. A report from the Arctic Security Working Group says private investment won’t solve the issue – public investment is needed.

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September 6, 2011 2 comments News

Canadian ISP Sued for Handing Over Data to Thai Government

A U.S. citizen has filed a lawsuit against a Canadian ISP that shared his personal information with the Thai government.  Anthony Chai posted anonymous comments criticizing the royal family and now faces up to 15 years in prison for the comments.

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September 6, 2011 3 comments News

New Wikileaks Docs Show Ex-Minister Bernier Offered To Leak Copyright Bill to U.S.

Copyright, U.S. lobbying, and the stunning backroom Canadian response gets front page news treatment today as the Toronto Star runs my story on new revelations on copyright from the U.S. cables released by Wikileaks. The cables reveal that former Industry Minister Maxime Bernier raised the possibility of leaking the copyright bill to U.S. officials before it was to be tabled it in the House of Commons, former Industry Minister Tony Clement’s director of policy Zoe Addington encouraged the U.S. to pressure Canada by elevating it on a piracy watch list, Privy Council Office official Ailish Johnson disclosed the content of ministerial mandate letters, and former RCMP national coordinator for intellectual property crime Andris Zarins advised the U.S. that the government was working on a separate intellectual property enforcement bill.

The disclosures are particularly relevant since Parliament is set to resume in several weeks with the reintroduction of a copyright reform bill slated to be one of the government’s top priorities. The bill is expected to mirror Bill C-32, the previous copyright package that died with the election in the spring.

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September 3, 2011 42 comments Columns