Post Tagged with: "Research"

Tech Law Research Hurt By Budget Cuts

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version , homepage version ) examines last week's announcement that the Conservative government plans to cut funding for the Law Commission of Canada.  I cite a series of important technology law research projects, noting that the common link is that the LCC, an independent law reform agency that advises Parliament on how to improve and modernize Canada’s laws, has provided the necessary financial support.

Government has limited capacity to conduct comprehensive research analysis on its own, leaving it increasingly dependent on outside contractors or academic studies to support its policy work. 

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October 2, 2006 2 comments Columns

British Academy Reports Copyright Hinders Scholarship

The British Academy has announced that it will be releasing a new study on Monday that finds that copyright law is impeding, rather than stimulating, the production of new ideas and new scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.

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September 15, 2006 Comments are Disabled News

30 Days of DRM – Day 12: Research and Private Study (Circumvention Rights)

Section 29 of the Copyright Act contains one of the most important user rights in Canadian copyright law – fair dealing for the purpose of research or private study does not infringe copyright.  For many years, this provision was narrowly defined such that the education and library communities adopted relatively conservative approaches to defining what constituted fair dealing.  In recent years, however, Canada has experienced a dramatic shift in the vibrance and importance of fair dealing.  In a trio of cases, the Supreme Court of Canada strongly affirmed the need for balance in Canadian copyright law.  The shift began in the Theberge, where Justice Binnie, in discussing the copyright balance, stated that:

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August 30, 2006 Comments are Disabled News

CIHR Open to Open Access

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, one of the three main federal research funding agencies, has just announced that it plans to pursue a new open access policy for funded research.  Notes the CIHR: "The aim is to establish a policy that will both help researchers gain access to the […]

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April 4, 2006 Comments are Disabled News

Privacy Commissioner Renews Research Program

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada has announced the renewal of a national privacy research program.  Details on priorities and the program here.

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March 24, 2006 Comments are Disabled News