Patents & Copyrights

A Web pioneer lays out the drawbacks of American-style copyright laws

A Web pioneer lays out the drawbacks of American-style copyright laws - Canadian science fiction author Cory Doctorow wrote an article in the Toronto Star which includes:
As well as being a writer, I'm a partner in a copyright-based business whose server is located in Toronto, not far from Bulte's riding. Boing Boing is the daily blog I co-edit; it gets about 1.7 million readers a day. We rely on copyright to protect our income, but we also need copyright to get out of the way when we quote, excerpt and include stills from other websites in the course of reporting on them.

Sony Hit With Canadian Class Action Suits

Sony Hit With Canadian Class Action Suits - With Sony slated to appear in a New York courtroom on Friday to seek approval for its class action settlement for the rootkit fiasco, its Canadian arm is now facing several Canadian class action suits.  The Merchant Law Firm, based in Calgary, launched class action suits in both the Ontario and B.C. courts yesterday (Ontario brief, B.C. brief).  This follows a less-publicized class action launched in Quebec against Sony last November.  All of these cases arise from the rootkit issue. The briefs make for interesting reading as the Canadian cases raise a long list of legal issues including the violation of Canadian privacy law, breach of contract, violation of the Competition Act, and a host of tort claims.

Cleaning Up Copyright

Cleaning Up Copyright - With both prospective Canadian Heritage Ministers accepting copyright
lobby cash (see The Sad Reality of Copyright Policy In Canada, Campaign Contributions, Tipping Point, That's What Friends Are For) and the funders making it clear that they are in the market for more (see Business As Usual), it is time to clean up copyright in Canada.  The election campaign provides the perfect time to do so.  The short term solution
is obvious - Bulte should cancel the January 19th fundraiser and apologize to her constituents and the Canadian public.

Signatures to the Petition for Users' Rights still needed...

Signatures to the Petition for Users' Rights still needed... - Today I received 8 signatures for the Petition for Users' Rights from Waterloo, Ontario. It is important that we continue to collect signatures and have them tabled in the new parliament. Some of the people will be new, and we need to ensure that they are aware that, contrary to the misinformation in press releases, that Canadians (including Canadian creators) are not behind the extreme views of the Canadian branch plants of foreign intermediaries like CIRA and CAAST.

Letter to Toronto Star: Little balance in copyright reform

Letter to Toronto Star: Little balance in copyright reform - Chris Smith of Toronto send a letter to the Toronto Star:
In her letter, Sarmite Bulte (MP, Parkdale-High Park) is being disingenuous in her description of the Liberal government's copyright reform actions in Bill C-60. That bill, when seen in the recent light of Sony BMG's approach to protecting music copyrights, left average Canadians potentially open to copyright infringement liability if they tried to restore the security of their home computers.

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