Archive for June, 2013

The Motion Picture Association’s Fight Against a Treaty to Support the Visually Impaired

Earlier this month, I wrote about a diplomatic conference in Morocco designed to finalize a much-needed copyright treaty for the visually impaired. The column noted that the treaty seeks to do two things: first, it establishes minimum standards for copyright limitations and exceptions for the visually impaired. Second, the treaty would facilitate the export of accessible works.

The conference is now in its second week with growing fears that there will be no deal. The major hold-out appears to be the United States, which is blocking consensus on a range of issues. According to documents released over the weekend, the primary source of the U.S. opposition comes from the motion picture association, which has engaged in months of behind-the-scenes lobbying designed to dismantle the treaty.  For example, the MPA is trying to block the inclusion of a fair use/fair dealing provision, despite the fact that many countries (led by the U.S.) already have such a rule.

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June 24, 2013 4 comments News

Canadian Secrecy on the TPP

CBC’s Curt Petrovich reports on how Canada is among the most secretive of the Trans Pacific Partnership countries, refusing to answer basic questions on a recent negotiation session quietly conducted in Vancouver.

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June 24, 2013 2 comments News

SurfEasy: New Advisory Board Position and Reddit AMA

I am very pleased to announce that I’ve joined the advisory board of SurfEasy, a Toronto-based company focused on providing tools to better control online privacy.  As part of the launch, I’ll be participating in a Reddit AMA on Tuesday afternoon.

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June 24, 2013 1 comment News

CRTC Expects Carriers Will Implement Two-Year Contracts Before Start of Wireless Code

The CRTC’s introduction of a consumer wireless code earlier this month, which notably includes the right to terminate wireless contracts after two years, is expected to put an end to three-year wireless contracts in Canada. The code does not take effect until December 2, 2013, but the CRTC has now […]

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June 21, 2013 3 comments News

Secrecy and the Limits of Transparency

Earlier this week, I appeared on TVO’s The Agenda for a wide ranging discussion on secrecy and transparency.  The video of the program is embedded below.

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June 21, 2013 Comments are Disabled News