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Should Canadian Courts Decide What the World Gets to See Online?

The challenge of jurisdiction and the Internet has long been one of the most contentious online legal issues. Given that the Internet has little regard for conventional borders, the question of whose law applies, which court gets to apply it, and how it can be enforced is seemingly always a challenge.  

Striking the right balance can be exceptionally difficult: if courts are unable to assert jurisdiction, the Internet becomes a proverbial “wild west” with no applicable law. Conversely, if every court asserts jurisdiction, the Internet becomes over-regulated with a myriad of potentially conflicting laws vying to govern online activities.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that in recent years, courts in many countries have adopted a reasonable balance where they are willing to assert jurisdiction over online activities or companies where there is a “real and substantial” connection, but they limit the scope of enforcing their rulings to their own jurisdiction.  In other words, companies cannot disregard local laws where they operate there, but courts similarly should not disregard the prospect of conflicting rules between different countries.

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June 27, 2014 5 comments Columns

BC Government Launches Open Textbook Initiative

The BC government has become the first Canadian province to launch an open textbook initiative, committing to 40 new online, open textbooks for 40 popular post-secondary courses. The open texts can be freely accessed and modified and could be in use for the 2013-14 academic year.

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October 17, 2012 1 comment News

B.C. Privacy Commissioner Calls for Mandatory Data Breach Reporting

B.C. Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has called on the province to amend its privacy law by adding mandatory data breach reporting requirements. Her office investigated 500 privacy breach cases last year alone.

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April 16, 2012 Comments are Disabled News

B.C. Court of Appeal Upholds Internet Ad Keyword Decision

The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court decision involving Google AdWords and claims of misleading keywords.  I wrote about the decision last year.

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February 14, 2011 Comments are Disabled News

B.C. Hotel Management School Students Sued for Posting Newspaper Articles

Students at the Imperial Hotel Management College Inc. have been sued by Righthaven over posting of an article first published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.  The posting credited the newspaper for the information.

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October 25, 2010 4 comments News