The European Parliament’s INTA Committee yesterday soundly rejected a proposal to refer the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to the European Court of Justice for review. ACTA critics viewed the proposal as a delay tactic designed with the hope that public opposition to the agreement would subside in the year or two […]
Archive for March 28th, 2012
Canadian Participation in TPP May Be Running into Trouble
The Globe reports that Canada’s participation in the Trans Pacific Partnership may be running into trouble as the U.S. insists that Canada signal its readiness to abandon supply management as a condition for joining the talks. Other reports have indicated that Canada would not have an opportunity to negotiate the […]
Comparing ACTA and the TPP
PIJIP has prepared a comparison of ACTA and the TPP’s IP chapter with a document on the main highlights and a line-by-line analysis. The documents provide further evidence that the TPP would require Canada to fundamentally overhaul its copyright laws, including many of the provisions found in Bill C-11.
Could CETA Lead to a NAFTA Complaint?
A new report by the Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy and Competitiveness Research Network finds that the Canada- EU Trade Agreement could lead to a NAFTA complaint by the U.S. if Canada caves to European pressure to include new protection for geographical indications. The paper notes that GI protection could lead […]
CRTC Approves Canadian Broadcasting Participation Fund
The CRTC has approved a proposal to establish the Canadian Broadcasting Participation Fund. The fund, which is seeded with $3 million from the BCE purchase of CTVglobemedia, will be used to fund public interest and consumer group participation in CRTC broadcasting proceedings.