Copyright

Why do some people claim that Canadian copyright is "weak"?

In a series of postings over the years, lawyer Howard Knopf has detailed how Canadian Copyright law is strong (protects incumbent copyright holders), including many ways that Canadian law is stronger than that of the USA (See: 21 Reasons Why Canadian Copyright Law is Already Stronger Than USA's, 22nd Example of How Canadian Copyright Law is Stronger than US - and Another Possible US Treaty Violation)

I had a recent twitter conversation with lawyer Barry Sookman, who has clients in the recording, motion picture and proprietary software industries. As a response to his tweet, "Canada again named to USTR’s Priority Watch List for weak IP laws", I said "Canada being on the USTR priority watch list for having strong Copyright (stronger than US in many ways) only makes list a joke". He then claimed I was wrong, pointing me his submission to the summer 2009 copyright consultation.

His submission didn't provide me with what I was looking for, which was something as detailed as what Mr. Knopf has authored.

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When consumer choice is not enough: Dishonest Relationship Misinformation (DRM)

When I discuss non-owner locks on technology and anti-competitive locks on content, the two highly controversial forms of so-called "Digital Rights Management", a common question comes up: If I don't like these things, why don't I just not buy them and be done with it?

While I have historically been a firm supporter of consumer boycotts, I do not believe they can be effective in this case for a number of important reasons. I am also a strong supporter of free markets, but in this case I also do not believe that markets alone can solve the problems -- partly because I don't believe we have a free market scenario.

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CBA demands changes to parallel importation laws

A Quill & Quire blog posting by Stuart Woods discusses how the Canadian Booksellers Association is asking the federal government to consider amending the laws that restrict the import of foreign books into the country.

I made mention of geographic restrictions being a threat to author/creator remuneration in a recent IT World Canada blog article.

Geist is running his playbook again?

I added the following as a comment to a blog article by Chris Castle which he titled, "The Consultation of the Mikado Part 2: Geist is running his playbook again ". It is also interesting to ask why the same isn't lobbed against musician and MP Charlie Angus who, along with myself, share many policy views with Michael Geist. Maybe it is seen to be easier to pick on a lawyer than fellow artists?

Celebrate Copyright day by recognizing greatest threats

April 23'rd is World Book and Copyright Day, organized by UNESCO and celebrated since 1995. This is a good day to become aware of the threats to Copyright so that we can better protect Copyright from them.

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Copyright bill to be tabled this spring: heritage minister

A Vancouver Sun article by Andrew Mayeda and Sarah Schmidt includes:

In an interview ahead of the Juno Awards in St. John’s, Heritage Minister James Moore told Canwest News Service the government plans to introduce a new copyright bill this spring.

Beyond The Book #172: Caught in a ‘Copyright War’?

Check out Beyond the Book episode 172 where William talks about his book, the pace of technological change and how it changes our content consumption, and how copyright must adapt to our changing behaviours (rather than copyright imposing our behaviour).

Geist: MP shakes up copyright landscape

See Michael Geist's Law Bytes article for more on the motion and private members bill tabled by Charlie Angus.

While the iPod levy proposal garnered the lion's share of attention, Angus's fair-dealing motion may ultimately have a bigger impact.

Also in the news today: CRTC to rule on 'TV tax' dispute.

Putting Mr. Angus' private members Copyright bill in context: locks, lawsuits, levies and licensing.

On March 16, 2010, NDP digital issues critic Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) tabled Motion 506 to expand Fair Dealings as well as a private members bill Bill C-499: An Act to amend the Copyright Act (audio recording devices) which seeks to extend the existing Private Copying regime for audio recording to devices. The next day the Heritage committee tabled a motion supporting the extension of the regime to devices, indicating the support of the Liberals and Bloc for this policy direction.

While I fully support the motion on extending Fair Dealings, the impact of the private members bill is much more complex and needs discussion. This is what Mr. Angus intended.

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