Ariel Katz has a must-read post on the implications of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decisions for Access Copyright. The post notes that though Barry Sookman and Access Copyright have tried to minimize the importance of the decisions and suggested that it only applies to a small amount of copying, […]
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The short response is that Sookman’s column – along with his clients – downplay the dramatic impact of their proposed amendments. Their proposed amendments to C-11 would radically alter the bill by constraining consumer provisions, heaping greater liability risk on Internet companies, and introducing website blocking and Internet termination to Canada. Several of these provisions are very similar in approach to SOPA in the U.S. and the comparison is both apt and accurate. Moreover, the column leaves the false impression that Bill C-11’s digital lock rules are standard when they are widely opposed by numerous stakeholders that Sookman would not dare to call anti-copyright.
There is much more to take issue with in the column and I’ve done so in paragraph-by-paragraph format below. Sookman’s column is posted in italics and my response immediately follows:
The Mad Hatter has a detailed post identifying a series of inaccuracies and misleading statements in a new post by CRIA lobbyist Barry Sookman on Canada and P2P. Sookman has now heavily edited the post, though many of the same claims can be found in other documents.
Rebecca Tushnet liveblogs a "debate" on Canadian IP policy in Washington, DC between recording industry lawyers on both sides of the border. Canada is described as facing a "very dark situation."
IT World Canada covers the growing debate over the Electronic Commerce Protection Act, with a mini-debate between Barry Sookman and me over the implications of the bill. Sookman expresses concern that an attempt to buy additional software licences might render the purchaser a spammer (as if the vendor is going […]