Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)

Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) update on BMG Canada v John Doe

An article in provides an update on the status of BMG Canada v John Doe

We asked CIPPIC counsel David Fewer if he's optimistic about the possible outcome this time around.

"The evidence hasn't changed, " he told p2pnet. "And the evidence was horribly weak. I'm very confident that the CRIA's evidence is no better today than it was a year ago, and the federal court of appeal will say it's inadequate to give the extraorduinaty remedy the CRIA is seeking.

Reaching other Modern Independant Musicians

I recently posted a message to the forum about a coalition of musicians that is attempting to build. This would be similar to the coalition of security professionals speak out against (legal protection for) TPMs.

The common values are the following:

  • Canada should not shut down new technologies that offer distribution alternatives to the big foreign record companies
  • downloaders are not thieves - they're fans
  • Canada should adopt policies that encourage Canadian artists, and that keep money in Canada
  • CRIA does not speak for all Canadian artists

The Truth About Canadian Copyright Revision

The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) released a document titled "The Truth About Copyright Revision". It is a collaborative work between people and organizations concerned with the direction that Copyright revision is taking in Canada, and offers a summary of our perspective as well as an opportunity for Canadians to sign-on to indicate their agreement.

CIPPIC/PIAC responds to Bulte Report on Copyright Reform

CIPPIC responds to Bulte Report on Copyright Reform:
Together with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), CIPPIC issued a highly critical response
(PDF) to the Interim Report on Copyright Reform released by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage last month. CIPPIC and PIAC state that the report ignores key evidence and submissions by public interest groups, and lacks reasoning for some key recommendations. They call for rejection of the report and for a more balanced approach to copyright reform in Canada.

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