Network Neutrality

Network Neutrality

Copyright lobby to IT sector: It’s all your fault! In some cases it is.

In todays contribution to IT World Canada's BLOG I discuss that while copyright holders already have the legal tools to sue people in Canada infringing copyright, statements made this week by a relatively large number of organizations from the Copyright lobby have named their real target: the IT sector. They are lobbying to make changes to Canadian law to make the providers of IT products and services more liable for the activities of their customers.

Bits Debate: Is Copy Protection Needed or Futile? My answer: Neither!

This week, Saul Hansell of Bits will host a debate about copyright issues and technology between Rick Cotton, the general counsel of NBC Universal, and Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School.

I would like to offer my own thoughts in response to one of the themes Rick Cotton posted:

IT World Canada: Rogers ISP antics rattle net neutrality supporters

An article by Rafael Ruffolo for ComputerWorld Canada includes the following:

“When Rogers modifies the html file in their cache and sends it to its subscribers, it means the Web page has become a derivative work of the original page under copyright,” McOrmond said. “So if the licence for the particular Web site being modified does not allow for derivative works, Rogers would becomes a pirate. This is a modified work which is considered a worse violation of copyright than verbatim distribution for free.”

Rogers splices Itself Into Google Homepage

Sarah Lai Stirland posts to Wired Magazine about modifications made to websites viewed by Rogers customers.

Clear example of a net neutrality violation

On Freedom to Tinker today, Ed Felton posted an excellent, clear-cut example of why network neutrality is necessary. In this case, Verizon redefines the long standard behaviour of DNS in order to redirect traffic to a site from which they derive profit. This example is simpler than traffic shaping instances which are often explained as network management issues (I don't consider this a legitimate excuse. Many politicians may though).

Is encryption only used for illegal purposes?

Apparently, more and more torrent users are resorting to encryption. There is a suggestion by a BPI spokesman that this technology is being used to hide illegal activities.

The BPI is an arm of the RIAA, so it is no wonder that they come to a conclusion that suits their political agenda. Perhaps there is another explanation?

Canadian Greens add FOSS to election platform

A article by Bruce Byfield discusses the inclusion of FLOSS and Net Neutrality in the platform of the Green Party of Canada.

ITWorldCanada: Green Party pledges net neutrality support

Rafael Ruffolo writes an article for ComputerWorld Canada discussing the recent support for Network Neutrality in the Green Party of Canada's Vision Green policy document.

Canadians rebuff restrictions on their Internet access

A Press release from eBay Canada states:

The study, commissioned by eBay Canada in June, found that although just 34 per cent of Canadians are familiar with the term net neutrality, 67 per cent agree with the principle once it is explained.

OECD Public Consultation

The OECD has launched a public consultation for the Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy.

There's a preparatory meeting in Ottawa 3rd October, with various options for online participation, and there's an online questionnaire asking for comments in 4 areas :
* Using the Internet to improve future economic performance and social welfare
* Benefiting from convergence
* Fuelling [sic] creativity
* Building confidence

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