Archive for April, 2012

Note to Publishers: Your Addiction to DRM is Killing You

Mathew Ingram posts on why publishers’ emphasis on DRM is hurting the industry, not infringers. Meanwhile, the e-book price fixing lawsuits in the U.S. appear to have migrated to Canada.

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April 19, 2012 3 comments News

Why You Should Care About the TPP

Public Knowledge has created an excellent new website on the copyright implications of the Trans Pacific Partnership. I wrote about the TPP and Canadian copyright earlier this year (here and here).

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April 19, 2012 Comments are Disabled News

Canada Joins International Open Government Partnership

Canada formally joined the International Open Government Partnership yesterday with 12 commitments in an Action Plan that will be implemented over a three year period.

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April 19, 2012 2 comments News

Cutting Community Internet Access Program Highlights Absence of Digital Strategy

The recent federal budget was a hefty 498 pages, but my weekly technology law column (Ottawa Citizen version, homepage version) notes it still omitted disclosing the decision to eliminate funding for the Community Access Program, Canada’s longstanding initiative to provide an Internet access alternative for those without connectivity. The world has changed dramatically since the CAP was first launched in 1995, but the decision to cut it without establishing alternative solutions for low-income Canadians who are not online is a disappointing development that highlights yet again the absence of a national digital strategy from Industry Minister Christian Paradis.

The CAP was once a foundational element in the federal government’s effort to connect Canadians. In the late 1990s, many did not have Internet access at home and wireless data plans were still years away. Today, the majority of Canadians have residential broadband access as well as wireless connectivity through their smartphones or other devices.

The decision to cut the CAP therefore does not come as a surprise.

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April 18, 2012 9 comments Columns

CRTC Says No Need For Another Over-The-Top Video Fact Finding Exercise

The CRTC has written to participants from the last “fact finding exercise” on over-the-top video services to advise that it believes that no further studies are needed as this time. The Commission notes that “over-the-top programming services have not had an impact sufficient to warrant another fact-finding exercise at this […]

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April 18, 2012 2 comments News