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March 7, 2013

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Ongoing government dishonesty conflating Copyright with Counterfeiting

This isn't a new issue, even if there is a new Conservative Government bill C-56 tabled before parliament. The long and short titles tell a shortform of the dishonesty:

An Act to amend the Copyright Act and the Trade-marks Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

Short Title: Combating Counterfeit Products Act

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May 1, 2012

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Not so special 301 report

The yearly joke from the USTR of their so-called "Special 301 report" came out yesterday. Not surprisingly, they kept Canada on their Priority Watch List in order to keep up their special interest lobbying efforts.

Does this mean Canada is a "piracy haven"? Not in the slightest.

It only means that the USTR continues to echo the unfounded lobbying rhetoric from the IIPA which isn't as interested in promoting the rights and interests of creators and innovators as they are protecting their members from legitimate competition.

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February 13, 2012

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Eastern and Western censorship: which is worse?

No visit of the Canadian Prime Minister to China would be complete without western media commenting on China's censorship policy. Western governments also engage in censorship, and are willing to go to extreme lengths to enforce that censorship. Some of that censorship has been called for by the corporations who own the western mainstream media that has been critiquing China.

"He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."

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February 10, 2012

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Canadians rally for day of action against Bill C-11 (Internet Lockdown)

Press release below. See for more details.


For Immediate Release

Canadians rally for day of action against Bill C-11 (Internet Lockdown)

Public Outcry Heats up Against Legislation that threatens Internet Freedom

February 10, 2012 – Today, public outcry will grow to new proportions for what many are calling “the Internet Lockdown”. People across Canada plan to come together online and offline to rally against Bill C-11, known as the Copyright Modernization Act.

The Canadian public outcry comes in the wake of the fervor surrounding SOPA—a hotly contested copyright bill that millions of Americans and make websites like Wikipedia and reddit successfully came together to defeat.

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February 8, 2012

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Canada should not ratify ACTA

I have drafted a new submission to Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada for their ongoing consultation (skip to bottom) on the deceptively named Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). I haven't yet sent it in to the department, but want to generate discussion.

It is available anonymously as a Google Doc as well as a PDF from my webserver.

If you are looking for SOPA/PIPA or C-11 comparisons, please note that ACTA contains beyond-WIPO protection for TPMs and thus includes the harmful effects I discussed in my comparison between Bill C-11 and SOPA/PIPA?.

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January 28, 2012

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» We Have Every Right to Be Furious About ACTA

Maira Sutton and Parker Higgins have an excellent article on ACTA, the deceptively labeled Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

It ends with the following:

It is now up to the collective will of the public to decide what to do next, and for individuals to ask themselves what they want their government to look like. Do you believe in democracy? Do you believe that laws should be made to reflect our collective best interests, formulated through an open transparent process? One that allows everyone, from experts to civil society members, to analyze, question and probe an agreement that will lead to laws that will impact potentially billions of lives? If we don’t do anything now, this agreement is going to crawl itself into power. With the future at stake like this, it’s never too late to fight.

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June 23, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» ACTA Recommendation: Ditch the Crazy Stuff

A must-view video from Public Knowledge.

5 Minutes with Harold Feld: ACTA Recommendation: Ditch the Crazy Stuff

The same thing with Bill C-32. Some things which aren't too bad are being held up with what I consider to not only be "Crazy Stuff", but questionably constitutional, and in my opinion unquestionably harmful to Canadian creators.

» CIPPIC Signs Urgent ACTA Communique

An article on the CIPPIC website indicates they have endorsed the Urgent ACTA Communique. I have as well, and suggest others who agree with the statements to do so.

June 11, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Why legal protection for technical measures is controversial

For those who will be in Ottawa on Saturday, August 14, 2010, I will be presenting a talk titled Why legal protection for technical measures is controversial at Open Source Technology showcase - SC2010.

Not surprisingly, we will be discussing the USA's National Information Infrastructure (NII) Copyright Protection Act of 1995, the 1996 WIPO Internet treaties, the USA's DMCA in 1998, as well as Canadian bills C-60 (2005), C-61 (2008) and C-32 (2010). If it isn't dead yet, we'll discuss the Orwellian double-speak named Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

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May 7, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» WIPO supporters must oppose ACTA / move ACTA to WIPO?

Yesterday I authored, printed, signed and sent through snail-mail a letter to Peter Van Loan, Minister of International Trade. It was in reply to a reply letter he had written me earlier on ACTA, the Orwellian double-speak named Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. In it I asked him to protect the global intellectual property system from this attack on existing institutions.

This morning I read that the European parliament passed a resolution calling on Canada to support moving ACTA to WIPO.

While a bit out-of-date a day later, I included my letter in an article on IT World Canada's blog.

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May 1, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» 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?

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March 30, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Podcast #35: The iTax & Fair Dealing

Jesse Brown interviewed Charlie Angus about his private copying regime private members bill and fair use motion.

March 29, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» US walks out on talks

From today's Globe and Mail.

“Significant international discussions on Arctic issues should include those who have legitimate interests in the region,” the U.S. Secretary of State said.


Ms. Clinton apparently believed strongly enough, that all parties with vested interests should be included in the discussion, that she did not come to the conference.

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February 24, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» DFAIT un-response to ACTA submission

I received the following response from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to my submission to the ACTA consultation.

I find it frustrating that they continue to try to misdirect critiques with a suggestion that it is premature to speculate about any specific measure. My critique is primarily based on the lack of disclosure as well as the merging of entirely unrelated areas of policy (Counterfeiting, "piracy"/de-minimus infringement, Internet/etc issues). These problems were only confirmed by the response, something that is definitely not reassuring.

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February 12, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Don’t Blame Google

In an article for The Mark I suggest that we shouldn't blame Google when music blogs are shut down, since it’s the major record labels that are to blame.

January 27, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Google, China, Hillary Clinton and the filtered Internet

By now you will have read many articles derived from the statements made by David Drummond, SVP, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer at Google about China.

The primary issue that Google was bringing up was a simple and not politically hot one. Companies need to know that the government of countries they are trying to do business in will have laws and enforce them against those who attack the physical or virtual infrastructure of these businesses.

Many of the comments and articles about this incident suggested Google was trying to protect online free speech. I do not buy that argument in this case.

Read full article on IT World Canada's blog ...

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January 26, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Answers needed on secret ACTA talks.

Charlie Angus has sent a letter to International Trade Minister Peter Van Loan challenging him to explain how ACTA will impact Canada's domestic copyright policy. Full text of letter is on Charlie's website.

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December 18, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Submission to the ongoing ACTA consultation by DFAIT

The following is my submission to the ongoing consultation by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, on the so-called Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

Available in HTML, OpenDocument and PDF formats

December 8, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Artists' lawsuit: major record labels are the real pirates

Interesting article by Jacqui Cheng in Ars Technica, reporting on an article by Michael Geist, about seemingly confirmed allegations of massive infringement by the major labels.

I think we should count out loud "one, two, three" for each CRIA member and ask why they are allowed to have an Internet connection. They are proponents of a "three strikes" rule, and such a rule should be applied to them first!

November 11, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Word manipulation, hypocrisy, and the so-called Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

ACTA represents an attempt by a few businesses using outdated business methods to try to find a way around Clayton Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma. They are doing this by lobbying for rules which will protect their existing business methods against emerging businesses which might transform the economy and replace the old ways of doing things. In their lobbying they are manipulating language to suggest what they are asking for is very different than what they are actually asking for, and they are trying to suggest that activities are devastating and must be stopped if someone else does something which the companies the lobbiests represent commonly do themselves.

>> Read full article on IT World Canada's blog.

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