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Canadian iPod Purchasers to Receive Levy Refund

Apple Computer today announced that it plans to offer Canadians who purchased iPods subject to the private copying levy a refund of the levy portion of the purchase price (typically $25 per iPod).  No word yet on how they plan to do this, but reports suggest that $4 million in […]

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August 8, 2005 4 comments News

The Failure of Canada’s Private Copying System

Following on CRIA's pledge not to sue consumers who copy their CDs onto iPods or computer hard drives, my regular Law Bytes column (freely available hyperlinked version, Toronto Star version) reflects on the recent decision by the Canadian Supreme Court to let stand a ruling that upheld the legality of […]

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August 8, 2005 1 comment Columns

The CRIA Pledge

Today's Sunday Star contains an important letter to the editor from Graham Henderson, President of the Canadian Recording Industry Association.  Responding to concern that the exculsion of the iPod from the private copying system would lead to liability for Canadians who copy their own CDs to their iPods, Henderson pledges […]

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August 7, 2005 2 comments News

U.S. Court Orders Rehearing on RIM Patent Jurisdictional Issues

A U.S. Appellate court today agreed to a Canadian government request for a re-hearing of the jurisdictional issues that arise from the RIM – NTP patent fight. The Canadian government submitted a rare brief on behalf of RIM in January, arguing that the U.S. court had applied U.S. patent laws […]

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August 2, 2005 Comments are Disabled News

Collateral Damage

The University of Toronto’s important Open Net Initiative has just released a must-read report on the Telus blockage. While the focus of commentary last week was naturally on the lack of accessibility for the Voices for Change website, the report discovered that there were additional 766 websites that shared the […]

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August 2, 2005 8 comments News