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Telecom

The Telus Blockade and the Law

Much like the recent Harry Potter injunction, the story of Telus blocking access to a website gets worse the more you think about it.  As I noted when the story first broke on Sunday, blocking a million Internet users from a website is not only ineffective, it is dangerous as […]

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July 26, 2005 23 comments News

Telus Blocks Subscriber Access to Union Website

Reports today indicate that Telus is currently blocking access to Voices for Change, a website run by the Telecommunications Workers Union.  The company has confirmed that its nearly one million subscribers are blocked from accessing the site, though it is obviously available to just about everyone else (and presumably to […]

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July 24, 2005 6 comments News

Bill C-60 User Guide: The ISPs and Search Engines

Bill C-60 makes for a challenging read since it adds, replaces, or amends existing Copyright Act provisions. There will no doubt be much discussion and debate around the bill in the coming months, but I thought it might be useful to provide a short users guide on the key provisions categorized by issue.

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June 21, 2005 2 comments News

The ISP March Toward Packet Preferencing Continues

Mark Evans, a reporter with the National Post, reports on his blog that Clearwire has established a terms of use that effectively excludes services such as Vonage and BitTorrent.

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March 27, 2005 Comments are Disabled News

New Accountability Needed For ISPs

My weekly Law Bytes column (full hypertext version with background links or Toronto Star version, homepage version) focuses on a touchy subject — ISP accountability.

I argue that it is time to re-examine the self-regulatory, hands-off approach to ISPs. Content regulation is clearly unworkable and dangerous, however, I am of the view that increased accountability for ISP's carrier function may be needed.

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March 21, 2005 Comments are Disabled Columns