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Satellite Radio Crashes

Reports this morning indicate that the federal government is planning to overturn the CRTC' s satellite radio decision.  Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla, with the frankness that has made her a cabinet liability, is quoted in the Globe as saying that "our mind is pretty much made up, but right […]

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August 27, 2005 7 comments News

Emerson on Copyright

As the Minister responsible for the Copyright Act, Industry Minister David Emerson has said surprisingly little about Bill C-60.  Earlier this week in a speech in Saskatchewan, Emerson used three paragraphs to reference copyright and intellectual property.  This foray into the copyright debate is a disappointment and deserves some comment. […]

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August 26, 2005 1 comment News

The Lawful Access Questions

My weekly Law Bytes column (freely available hyperlinked version, Toronto Star version) examines the lawful access plan in light of Justice Minister Irwin Cotler’s announcement late last week that the government plans to move forward on the initiative this fall. Although the specifics of the actual bill remain unknown, the […]

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August 26, 2005 5 comments Columns

Canada – Australia IP and Cyberlaw Conference

Some blog readers may know that the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law hosts an annual IP and Cyberlaw conference each fall.  In previous years, we've held a comparative Canada – U.S. conference and last year hosted a "global conversation" on Internet law issues featuring speakers from around the world […]

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August 20, 2005 Comments are Disabled News

Stand Up

The CD version of Stand Up, the latest release from the Dave Matthews Band, contains copy control technology that is ostensibly designed to limit or prevent copying. The technology doesn't do a particularly good job at stopping copying, however, though it is very good at annoying consumers. Artists don't appear […]

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August 19, 2005 5 comments News