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Could Googling become illegal?
Wednesday, July 13 2005 @ 09:24 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,076
Justice From Globe and Mail Technology:

Could it be possible that Canada will make Google or any other Internet search and archiving engines illegal?

Bill C-60, which amends the Copyright Act and received its first reading in the House of Commons on June 20, suggests it could be illegal for anyone to provide copyrighted information through "information-location tools," which includes search engines.

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Canada Introduces New Copyright Bill
Monday, June 20 2005 @ 06:40 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,000
Justice From

As expected, this afternoon the federal government introduced its copyright reform bill . In this age of instant analysis, new legislation does not work particularly well since it requires considerable study and scrutiny to develop a full sense of its implications.

However, since government telegraphed its intentions four months ago, it is possible to provide at least a quick perspective (full caveat that this a quick read and subject to change upon reflection) on the statutory implementation of the March plan. I'll have much more to say in the days ahead but my immediate impression is that the recording industry is the big winner with an enormous basket of new rights and individual Canadians are the big losers as the bill does little to address their interests.

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Jeff Pulver points to Canada for VOIP innovation
Saturday, May 14 2005 @ 07:15 AM CST
Contributed by: idallen
Views:: 3,392
Justice The US FCC may soon require "lawful intercept" and 911 services on VOIP lines:

"Strange as how it sounds, even Canada looks to be a more fertile ground for continued technology innovation than the US, if E911 becomes mandated for VoIP, including nomadic VoIP offerings."

Jeff runs FreeWorldDialup - a free VOIP service.

Possible 25% Download Tariff
Tuesday, April 19 2005 @ 07:21 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 7,396
Justice The Canadian Recording Industry Association’s (CRIA) legal campaign against music file sharing heads back to court later this week. A three judge panel will hear an appeal of last spring’s decision that denied a request for identifying information on 29 alleged file sharers due to insufficient evidence, privacy concerns, and doubts about proof of infringement under Canadian copyright law. CRIA is likely to use the hearing to again argue that peer-to-peer file sharing is hurting Canadian artists and the industry, which at long last is seeking to develop fee-based alternatives such as Apple iTunes, Napster, and Puretracks.

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Say no to Big Brother plan for Internet
Monday, March 07 2005 @ 09:10 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,469
Justice From The Toronto Star:

Notwithstanding the Internet's remarkable potential, there are dark clouds on the horizon. There are some who see a very different Internet. Theirs is an Internet with ubiquitous surveillance featuring real-time capabilities to monitor online activities. It is an Internet that views third party applications such as Vonage's Voice-over-IP service as parasitic. It is an Internet in which virtually all content should come at a price, even when that content has been made freely available. It is an Internet that would seek to cut off subscriber access based on mere allegations of wrongdoing, without due process or oversight from a judge or jury.

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Moglen plans "general counsel's office for the entire movement"
Thursday, February 17 2005 @ 10:24 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,861
Justice From Newsforge:

Earlier this month, the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) announced its existence. General coverage of the event stressed the Center's board of directors -- virtually a Who's Who of the legal experts on free and open source software (FOSS) -- its initial funding, and the increasing legal threats that loom behind its creation. Yet behind the facts of the news release is a larger story.

In helping to create the organization, Center director Eben Moglen, the framer of the GNU General Public License, is not just looking for a way to defend the FOSS communities against legal threats. Yet he is also looking beyond this potential need. By 2010, he hopes to see the SFLC become the center of a web of associations that will link FOSS projects, tech-savvy lawyers, and corporations, to everyone's mutual benefit.

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ISPs avoid royalties for music downloads
Wednesday, June 30 2004 @ 10:37 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,932
Justice From Globe and Mail:

Internet service providers do not have to pay royalties to composers and artists for music downloaded by web customers, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Wednesday.

The court ruled 9-0 that companies providing wide access to the web are merely "intermediaries" who are not bound by federal copyright legislation.

At issue was an effort by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) to force Internet service providers to pay a tariff.

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Parties the same? Not on tech issues
Monday, June 21 2004 @ 08:29 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,617
Justice Picked up from Digital Copyright Canada:

With the federal election now just one week away, millions of voters are sizing up the national parties' positions on a wide range of issues. For those interested in technology law and policy issues ? including copyright, spam, and privacy ? the election campaign has been a disappointment as technology policy has barely registered on the election-issue radar.

Read full article in Toronto Star

Copyright Board puts freeze on blank media levy
Friday, December 12 2003 @ 01:18 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,870
Justice In a long-awaited decision, Copyright Board of Canada on Friday froze all existing private copying levies on recording devices, eliciting mixed feelings from the technology industry and a more negative reaction from the group representing many artists, Canadian Private Copying Collective.

Under the decision, the following tariffs will hold in 2003-2004: 29 cents on audio cassette tapes of 40 minutes or longer; 21 cents on CD-Rs and CD-RWs; and 77 cents on CD-R Audio, CD-RW Audio and MiniDiscs.

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RBC rethinks SCO deal
Wednesday, December 10 2003 @ 08:34 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,636
Justice The Royal Bank of Canada is changing the terms of its investment in SCO Group, which claims copyright ownership over parts of the Linux operating system.

RBC, which along with investors at U.S-based BayStar Capital Partners pumped $50-million (U.S.) into the company in October, wants to distance itself from any sale of SCO that would result in a 20-per-cent contingency payment to the company's lawyers.

The agreement between the software maker and its lawyers for the high contingency fees has raised many eyebrows in the banking and high-tech industries.

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