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Bill C-60 User Guide: Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

I was not planning to deal specifically with file sharing since there is no "file sharing" provision in the bill. Since the issue continues to dominate discussion, however, (in no small part because the government itself has emphasized the issue) it may be useful to highlight the provisions that appear relevant to the question of file sharing.

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June 21, 2005 Comments are Disabled News

Reconciling Cancon Requirements in the Age of the Internet

My regular Law Bytes column (homepage version, Toronto Star version) provides some further commentary on last week's CRTC pay radio decision. I argue that the Commission made the best of a bad hand and delivered a policy approach that prioritizes Canadian artists by adapting Canadian content requirements to emerging new technologies.

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June 20, 2005 Comments are Disabled Columns

Canada Introduces New Copyright Bill

As expected, this afternoon the federal government introduced its copyright reform bill (UPDATE: Bill C-60 is now available online). In this age of instant analysis, new legislation does not work particularly well since it requires considerable study and scrutiny to develop a full sense of its implications.

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June 20, 2005 Comments are Disabled News

Canadian Culture and Ownership

No one does a better job of separating Canadian culture fact from fiction than the Globe and Mail’s Kate Taylor. Last week I pointed to her column on the state of Canadian television. This week her column is again a must-read. She examines the impact of the Famous Players theatre […]

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June 19, 2005 Comments are Disabled News

Canadian Library Association Endorses Open Access

As the Canadian government introduces copyright legislation this week that will ultimately limit access to information, Peter Suber's spectacular Open Access News notes that this weekend the Canadian Library Association provided an important step in the right direction by endorsing a resolution on open access. The full resolution reads as follows:

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June 19, 2005 1 comment News