Appeared in the Toronto Star on June 24, 2012 as What’s Behind Canada’s Entry to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks? Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama formally extended an invitation to Canada to join the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, a proposed trade deal that includes the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, […]
Archive for June, 2012
Bill C-11 is scheduled for third reading at the Senate today, paving the way for the bill’s passage and royal assent tomorrow. I posted my thoughts on the public’s impact on the substance of the bill earlier this month.
UNESCO held the World Open Educational Resources Congress in Paris last week with delegates releasing a declaration in support of OERs and open licensing frameworks.
The CBC reports that the Maritime band In-Flight Safety has faced multiple false YouTube takedowns by major record label Universal Music. The band has no connection to Universal Music Group, yet the label has ordered the takedown of five of the band’s songs.
The most troubling aspect throughout the development of ACTA has been the opaque nature of the process. Whilst DFAT has stated that a certain level of confidentiality is required for trade negotiations, and while there is ground to enable a certain degree of secrecy where complex issues warrant negotiations in confidence, there is no valid rationale for the level of secrecy that DFAT has maintained for what is essentially a copyright treaty.