Bill C-11

The linking between defamation and copyright

The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled in favor of Newton in the Crookes v. Newton, declaring that this specific use of linking to allegedly defamatory material did not constitute publishing. A number of people have suggested this has links to policy discussions in copyright where sites like ISOHunt that allegedly "just link" to content should be equally immune (See article by Jesse Brown as an example).

I think this requires more than a cursory look at both what the Supreme Court said and the policy being proposed to be added within C-11.

Why I'm offering moral support, but no signature/tweet, to @ccercanada campaign.

The Canadian Coalition for Electronic Rights has a campaign currently that encourages people to tweet out the following:

ACT NOW - Speak out against the anti-consumer copyright Bill #C11 being rushed into law. Takes 2min. via @ccercanada

While I agree with the text contained in their letter writing tool (even if I would have worded it differently), I feel their campaign page is misleading.

A (non-)debate on Bill C-11 starts today: the 4 quadrants of the bill

The Hill Times is reporting that "debate" on Bill C-11 will start later today. During the debate, take note of what components of the bill get discussed and which parts are misunderstood and/or shoved under the rug.

I like to break the bill up into 4 parts (quadrants) based on two axis: Is the policy related to copyright, or Paracopyright (technical measures, etc). The other axis is whether the policy is related to the two 1996 WIPO treaties, or not.

Will you explain why DRM is bad?

I was asked on twitter to explain why DRM is bad. Given I have spent more than a decade talking about this topic, you would think there is a simple twitter-length answer: but there isn't.

Harper Government Delivers on Commitment to Reintroduce Copyright Modernization Act

A Press release from Industry Canada introduces Bill C-11, referencing a speech given by the Industry minister and points people to the unbalanced website.

Conservative Copyright Bill C-11

Digital handcuffs are nasty --
The Canadian government should not allow companies to handcuff Canadians

This page is intended to be a launching point for people to learn about the Copyright Bill C-11 tabled by the Conservative Government on September 29, 2011 (First reading). This is a re-tabling of Bill C-32 which died on the order paper when an election was called.

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