Post Tagged with: "c-61"

A Week in the Life of the Canadian DMCA: Part Two

The week in the life of the Canadian DMCA continues (day one here) with Rona, Jim and Josee's ten year old daughter.  Rona is a huge American Idol fan, faithfully watching each episode and buying CDs released by former contestants with her savings.  Last January, Jim set the family's PVR […]

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June 17, 2008 Comments are Disabled Stop CDMCA

Christopher Moore on the C-61 Educational Exemption

Christopher Moore points to one area where I think both user and creator rights advocates should agree  – the educational exemption in C-61 is bad, bad policy.

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June 17, 2008 3 comments News

Prentice Responds to Copyright Column

Industry Minister Jim Prentice responds to yesterday's copyright column with a letter to the editor in the Toronto Star.

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June 17, 2008 24 comments News

Prentice Commits to Private Copying Consultation

Lost amidst the huge backlash against the Canadian DMCA was a very brief comment from Industry Minister Jim Prentice during his press conference on Thursday.  Although I did not see it discussed in the media, Prentice committed the government to a public consultation on the future of the private copying […]

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June 17, 2008 22 comments News

How the U.S. Got Its Canadian Copyright Bill

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) examines the role that U.S. pressure played leading up to the introduction of Bill C-61 last week.  I argue that the bill is the result of an intense public and private campaign waged by the U.S. government to pressure Canada into following its much-criticized digital copyright model.  The U.S. pressure has intensified in recent years, particularly since there is a growing international trend toward greater copyright flexibility with countries such as Japan, New Zealand, and Israel either implementing or considering more flexible copyright standards.

The public campaign was obvious.  U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins was outspoken on the copyright issue, characterizing Canadian copyright law as the weakest in the G7 (despite the World Economic Forum ranking it ahead of the U.S.).  The U.S. Trade Representatives Office (USTR) made Canada a fixture on its Special 301 Watch list, an annual compilation of countries that the U.S. believes have sub-standard intellectual property laws.  The full list contains nearly 50 countries accounting for 4.4 billion people or approximately 70 percent of the world's population. Most prominently, last year U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and John Cornyn, along with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, escalated the rhetoric on Canadian movie piracy, leading to legislative reform that took just three weeks to complete.

The private campaign was even more important. 

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June 16, 2008 33 comments Columns