The decision by the Author' s Guild to sue Google over its Google Print initiative is obviously the story of the week. I' ve stayed quiet on this primarily because there have been some great postings (Lessig, von Lohmann, Band, Crawford, and Google' s own response among them) that say […]
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Sirius Canada has just issued a press release thanking the federal government for its confirmation of the CRTC's satellite radio decision. Assuming this is correct, the decision represents a win for the two services specifically as well as a win for the CRTC, individual Canadians, and independent artists more generally. […]
My column earlier this week focused on the satellite radio embarrassment and the willingness of Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla to maintain the independence of the CRTC only when it is convenient to do so. I argued that in light of Minister Frulla's claims that her mind was made up, […]
My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, freely available hyperlinked version) focuses on the explosive battle over satellite radio in Canada. I begin by recalling Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla's position on the entry of RAI, the Italian language television network, into Canada last summer. Despite enormous pressure, the […]
Question period in the House of Commons today, the last of the session, featured the following exchange:
"Ms. Bev Oda (Durham, CPC): Mr. Speaker, Canada has a world class Internet infrastructure in our schools but the heritage minister's new copyright legislation makes it restrictive, onerous and possibly more costly for schools, teachers and students to download on-line educational material.
This legislation will make routine classroom activities illegal. Why do the government and the minister want to make our students and teachers pay more for materials they are using now or make them criminals under a new copyright law?
Hon. Liza Frulla (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Status of Women, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the hon. opposition member knows very well that we promised to table the copyright law in June, which we did. We also said that as far as the education matter is concerned, we will study it and focus on it solely after second reading of the bill. We will study the education matter because it does not have consensus.
I also want to say to my hon. critic that children can be in school but once they become researchers and authors, they also to have their copyrights reserved and paid for."