Bill C-11, the copyright reform bill, passed third reading at the Senate and received royal assent today. The bill is now S.C. 2012, c.20. The reforms do not take effect yet, however. The bill must go through an order-in-council process with a series of new regulations first, a process that […]
Archive for June, 2012
Bob Tarantino has a good primer on the differences between Canada’s notice-and-notice system that will take effect with Bill C-11 and the U.S. notice-and-takedown approach.
The Supreme Court of Canada has allowed a class action lawsuit against the major telecom companies to stand, paving the way for the $19 billion case to continue.
The Senate is expected to conclude its debate on Bill C-11 with a vote later today. Yesterday, Liberal Senators who heard testimony at the Banking, Trade and Commerce committee brought forward a motion for three amendments to the bill. Senator Wilfrid Moore raises several concerns during debate, but brought a […]
Yet dig beneath the heady promises and my weekly technology law column (homepage version, Toronto Star version) notes that the benefits for Canada are hard to identify. The price of admission was very steep – Canada appears to have agreed to conditions that grant it second-tier status – and the economic benefits from improved access to TPP economies are likely to be relatively minor since we already have free trade agreements with four of the ten participants.
Given those conditions, why aggressively pursue entry into the negotiations?