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Six Days Left: Canadian Net Users Caught As Copyright Consultation Nears Conclusion

[The following post appears simultaneously as a guest post on TorrentFreak today]

Seven weeks ago, the Canadian government launched the first national copyright consultation since 2001.  The consultation, which has featured town hall meetings, by-invitation-only roundtables, an online discussion forum, and an open submission process, has attracted considerable interest with over 4,000 submissions to date.

While the overwhelming majority of those submissions have called for balanced reforms that would strengthen fair dealing, create a liability safe harbour for intermediaries, and link any new anti-circumvention rules to actual copyright infringement, there is reason for concern.

There are only six days left in the consultation and the thousands that have spoken out for fair copyright – the students, teachers, Internet users, software programmers, privacy advocates, librarians, and a growing number of creators – now find themselves under attack from two sides.

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September 8, 2009 15 comments News

How UK Government Spun 136 People Into 7 Million Illegal File Sharers

The BBC reports on how the UK government turned a single survey in which 136 people indicated they file shared to claim that there are seven million file sharers in the country. Similar exaggerations occured in Canada earlier this year when the Conference Board of Canada relied on a 2006 […]

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September 8, 2009 2 comments News

Century 21 Canada Does Battle With Rogers Over Zoocasa

The Financial Post reports on a brewing legal fight between Century 21 Canada and Rogers over the Zoocasa website.  Century 21 Canada claims that Zoocasa is "scraping" information from its sites.

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September 8, 2009 Comments are Disabled News

Copyright Consultation Submission Summary: Over 4,000 Posted Through August 31st

There are now over 4,000 posted submissions with the overwhelming majority of them speaking out against Bill C-61, anti-circumvention rules, and for stronger fair dealing (earlier charts here, here, here, and here).  While critics of fair copyright insist on characterizing many as anti-levy or anti-copyright, there have been only five […]

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September 4, 2009 40 comments News

“Expensive, Illogical, and Extraordinarily Negative”

Paul McCartney and Elton John on the UK three strikes and you're out proposal.

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September 4, 2009 Comments are Disabled News