While not related to Copyright, I wanted to mention bill C-304 which I have been following.
Among other things, it repeals section 13 of of the Canadian Human Rights Act, something I am strongly in favor of.
Defamation (Slander and Libel)
The common law origins of defamation lie in the torts of slander (harmful statement in a transitory form, especially speech) and libel (harmful statement in a fixed medium, especially writing). Canada's laws in this area are very out of touch with modern communication realities.
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.
CBC news published an article discussing the latest chapter in the ongoing saga of Wayne Crookes lawsuits against online publication of things which he doesn't like. I don't consider any of this to be about defamation as I've not yet seen anything I would personally consider defamatory. I believe that people should be responsible for the things they say online, but strongly believe that people should be held even more responsible for threatening or launching frivolous lawsuits (Or worse, SLAPP as these cases appear to be).
An interesting article by Charles Mandel for CanWest News Service talks about a facebook group being yanked. At first glance you might think I would be opposed to such a thing, but in this case the institution simply wanted a "right of reply" to correct misinformation. To me free speech is both a right and a responsibility.
The Libel Chill group reposted a CBC Newsworld piece to YouTube.
A Lielchill.ca BLOG entry by Mark Francis includes a letter to the editor in reply to a recent National Post article regarding internet anonymity that referenced the Wayne Crookes cases.
Please remember: Michael Geist's BLOG always has must-read articles on it. I don't want to flood this BLOG with duplicates of all his articles, so strongly recommend anyone reading this feed to also read his!
Two messages came to me today. I doubt they are linked, but who knows. One pointing to the fact that p2pnet has been named in an additional online libel case (This time for --gasp-- daring to link to a website that had allegedly defamatory material on it), and one pointing to the Neutrality.ca site that Kevin McArthur took down due to "increasing legal concerns resulting from our public participation in the Net Neutrality debate".
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