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Can Canada Learn Anything From Europe on Copyright?

IP Osgoode held an interesting one-day conference in Ottawa last week that brought together many European copyright experts for a discussion on what – if anything – Canada can learn from Europe on copyright. The event opened with a keynote address from Silke von Lewinski, a well-known supporter of the WIPO Internet treaties whose work is frequently cited by those arguing for DMCA-style implementation of digital lock rules.

Von Lewinski, who warned in her speech against NGOs and public interest groups active on copyright issues who she said were really fronts for telcos and ISPs, assured the audience that there were no problems with the digital lock rules in Europe with only one complaint in the many years since it was established (a positioned echoed by Mihaly Ficsor later in the day). It should be noted that other studies, such as this exhaustive one from the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam commissioned by the European Commission’s Internal Market Directorate General, come to a much different conclusion. It found numerous problems with situation in Europe, recommending:

To remedy the lack of legal certainty and harmonisation with respect to the legal protection of TPMs, and to align the European provisions with the EU’s international obligations under the WIPO Treaties, the EC legislator should consider clarifying the legal framework in four respects. First, the prohibition on acts of circumvention  should only find application in circumstances where the act of circumvention results in copyright infringement. 

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October 24, 2011 18 comments News

The Daily Digital Lock Dissenter, Day 14: Canadian National Institute for the Blind

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind was founded in 1918 and has grown into the primary resource of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. The issue of digital locks impeding access for the blind has already been raised in the House of Commons debates on C-11, since the […]

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October 24, 2011 Comments are Disabled News

The Daily Digital Lock Dissenter, Day 13: Canadian Historical Association

Founded in 1922, the Canadian Historical Association is a bilingual organization with 1,200 members scattered across Canada, the United States and the rest of the world, dedicated to scholarship in all fields of history. Its submission to the copyright consultation raised concerns about digital lock legislation: recommends that penalties for […]

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October 21, 2011 1 comment News

Copyright Debate Hits the House of Commons: Opposition Won’t Support C-11 Due to Digital Locks

Copyright dominated debate at the House of Commons on Tuesday as Bill C-11 was the primary subject of debate. Digital locks was one of the most discussed issues (new levies were the other), with the main opposition parties lining up to oppose the bill due to the digital lock provisions.  For example, the NDP’s Charlie Angus stated:

Unless the digital lock provisions change, the New Democratic Party will not support the bill because it is not balanced.

Liberal Industry critic Geoff Regan stated:

the Liberal Party will not support Bill C-11. The digital lock provisions in this bill are far too strict and they override virtually every other right that is in the legislation.

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October 20, 2011 45 comments News

The Daily Digital Lock Dissenter, Day 12: Canadian Association of Research Libraries

The members of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries are the 29 major academic research libraries across Canada together with Library and Archives Canada, the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) and the Library of Parliament. CARL’s position on digital locks is similar to the Canadian Library Association: […]

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October 20, 2011 7 comments News