Bill C-60

Bill C-60, “An Act to amend the Copyright Act” , with first reading June 20, 2005. Please also see our Bill C-60 specific pages.

Election 2006 leaves technology legislation in limbo

This article by Shane Schick includes:

With Martin's government near collapse, the fate of Bill C-60 and Lawful Access hangs in the balance. Legal experts tell us what to expect after Canadians hit the polls again

Election Seasons Greetings - Bill C-60 dies on the Order Paper

Last evening the House voted on a non-confidence motion and we are now into an election. Bill C-60 has died on the Order Paper, but you can be sure that whoever forms the next government will table a similar bill (likely with a different number). We need to ensure that any new bill protects the rights of the majority of Canadians, including Canadian creators and their audiences (users have rights too!), and not privilege the economic interests of the extreme minority represented by the incumbent old-economy media, content and "software manufacturing" monopolists.

Nearly One Third Of DMCA Takedown Notices Are Improper

This techdirt article includes:

It's no secret that plenty of companies have misused the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act, for those who haven't been paying attention) mostly for anti-competitive reasons, rather than a legitimate complaint about infringement.
Over 30% of DMCA takedown notices have been deemed improper and potentially illegal.

Canadians should take note and ensure that parliament understands this as the incumbent special interests lobby to change the "notice and notice" regime proposed by Canada to the "claim and censor" (notice and takedown, notice and terminate) regime. Canadians must have their Charter Rights protected from the unscrupulous abuse of notices, with any takedown system involving judicial oversight.

Join a copyright coalition: Put government copyright policy in the hands of the music creators

This article by Gabino Travassos includes:

Keith Serry describes himself as "a Montreal-based music lover, public relations consultant and amateur technology watcher." His music-based online journal is called Pregnant Without Intercourse. Joined by some activist lawyers he is trying to create a united front for independent musicians and other artists to help steer government policy regarding copyright.
To add your voice to the Keith Serry's as-yet-unnamed coalition, please e-mail keith.serry [at] gmail [dot] com.

See also: Canada Music Commons, Musical Artists'
Global Independence Collaborative - MAGIC

Protecting our Canadian Culture ... from Bill C-60.

Dear Prime Minister Paul Martin,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Status of Women Liza Frulla,
Minister of Industry David Emerson,
Member for Ottawa-South David McGuinty,

On November 23, 2005, Canada became the first country to ratify the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. I agree that this is something that Canadians can be proud of.

A 1-page summary of Canadian copyright reform?

As a followup to the meeting I had with Mr. McGuinty on November 15, I was asked to create a 1-page summary of my perspective. This is without the tables I used with the handout I gave to him at the meeting.

The following is what I came up with.

Recent advances in communications technology has drastically reduced the marginal cost (cost per additional unit) of production, reproduction and distribution of creativity. Peer-to-peer methods make the reproduction and distribution costs so close to zero to not be worth metering. This economic reality split the creative industries between the beneficiaries of established ways of doing businesses (incumbents), and those who wish to harness this change to use competitive and new methods of production, distribution and funding of their creativity (innovators).

First Government response to a batch of Petition signatures

I received scanned images (Page 1, Page 2 in JPEG format, both pages and text in OpenDocument format) from the Legislative Assistant to David McGuinty. After meeting with Mr McGuinty he asked the Private Members office if any response was received. The response is dated June 6, but the current assistant was not with the office at that time and can not comment on whether the office was notified at that time.

I will write my own response to this "response", which seems to have largely ignored our petition.

Canadians must be protected from the 1/3 of "notice and takedown" notices were improper!

A new study from legal clinics at USC and UC Berkeley that reviewed over 900 DMCA takedown notices collected from the Chilling Effects project. The report finds that nearly one-third of all notices were improper. This problem explains why many people call the takedown system a "claim and censor" system. Canadian parliament must adopt the more robust "notice and notice" to protect Canadians from unscrupulous "copyright holders".

An executive summary is online. The full research paper will appear in the March, 2006 edition of the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal.

Geist: Sony incident wake-up call for regulators

Michael Geist's regular Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, Freely available version , p2pnet, BBC News) examines the long-term impact of the Sony rootkit security issue, which he likens to the Tylenol and Perrier cases of years ago as major public relations nightmares. The column argues that the case has alerted millions of consumers to the potential for TPM misuse, highlighted how the technology can be employed to limit the use of lawfully-acquired personal property to the consternation of high courts in Canada and Australia, and is likely to galvanize privacy, security, and competition regulators.

Microsoft and Sony-BMG malware commentary: Like finding out your brother's been sleeping with your girlfriend.

One ex-Microsoft user had this to say:

Microsoft, Symatec, McAffee and some others were aware of the Sony "rootkit: months ago. They either turned a blind eye or actively helped Sony "hide" their little present deep into your Windows system. The full story is here:

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