Archive for October 24th, 2011

Can Canada Learn Anything From Europe on Copyright?

IP Osgoode held an interesting one-day conference in Ottawa last week that brought together many European copyright experts for a discussion on what – if anything – Canada can learn from Europe on copyright. The event opened with a keynote address from Silke von Lewinski, a well-known supporter of the WIPO Internet treaties whose work is frequently cited by those arguing for DMCA-style implementation of digital lock rules.

Von Lewinski, who warned in her speech against NGOs and public interest groups active on copyright issues who she said were really fronts for telcos and ISPs, assured the audience that there were no problems with the digital lock rules in Europe with only one complaint in the many years since it was established (a positioned echoed by Mihaly Ficsor later in the day). It should be noted that other studies, such as this exhaustive one from the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam commissioned by the European Commission’s Internal Market Directorate General, come to a much different conclusion. It found numerous problems with situation in Europe, recommending:

To remedy the lack of legal certainty and harmonisation with respect to the legal protection of TPMs, and to align the European provisions with the EU’s international obligations under the WIPO Treaties, the EC legislator should consider clarifying the legal framework in four respects. First, the prohibition on acts of circumvention  should only find application in circumstances where the act of circumvention results in copyright infringement. 

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October 24, 2011 18 comments News

The Daily Digital Lock Dissenter, Day 14: Canadian National Institute for the Blind

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind was founded in 1918 and has grown into the primary resource of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. The issue of digital locks impeding access for the blind has already been raised in the House of Commons debates on C-11, since the […]

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Lawful Access Clarified

The National Post runs a good article that tries to separate fact from fiction on the government’s forthcoming lawful access legislation.

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October 24, 2011 1 comment News

Supreme Court Stands Up for the Internet

Appeared in the Toronto Star on October 23, 2011 as Supreme Court Stands Up for the Internet The Supreme Court of Canada last week issued its much anticipated ruling on the potential liability for linking to allegedly defamatory content on the Internet. The court provided a huge win for the […]

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