The ongoing complaint against Rogers by Canadian Gamers Organization against Rogers over its throttling practices is now headed to the CRTC enforcement branch. The precise nature of the enforcement remains unknown.
Archive for October, 2011
Margot Kaminski posts an important op-ed at IP Watch on the lack of protection for users and intermediaries in agreements like ACTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The IP chapter in the TPP leaked earlier this week.
If a digital lock is broken for personal use, it is not realistic that the creator would choose to file a law suit against the consumer, due to legal fees and time involved.
In other words, Canadians should not be concerned by digital lock rules because they can simply break the lock without fear of being sued. Richardson’s response raises several issues.
First, it is surprising to find Conservatives seeking support for their bill on the basis that Canadians need not worry about liability if they violate its provisions. Copyright reform is supposedly about updating Canada’s copyright rules and fostering greater respect for copyright law. Yet the message from Richardson suggests the opposite since Canadians will have less respect for copyright law as even their MPs tell them they need not fear violating the law given the minimal likelihood of a lawsuit.