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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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June 25, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» My impressions of the DyscultureD Canadian audio blog

I am a big fan of audio blogs. Some people call them Podcasts because Apple iPod users seem to claim responsibility for making them popular. Leo Laporte over at TWIT.tv, a large audio/video blogging network with a long history in broadcasting, tried to convince people to call them Netcasts as they were simply broadcasting over the Internet. While I'm a listener to a few TWIT.tv shows, and a few other non-Canadian shows, I have always been looking for Canadian shows that cover some of the technology and political stories from the uniquely Canadian perspective.

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February 21, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» IIPA would rather people "pirate" than switch to legal competitors

The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) tipped their hand a bit in this years submission to the “Special 301" report process. While they again attacked Canada for having strong copyright law that is different than the USA, the most telling was their opposition to policies encouraging legally free of charge Open Source in their submissions for Brazil, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Encouraging legally free software is by far the best policy instrument to reduce software copyright infringement for the less financially rich countries and individuals of the world. For the vast majority of the worlds population the only viable options are to infringe royalty-based software or switch to royalty-free alternatives. The fact the IIPA is encouraging countries to have policies which increase infringement rather than have people switch to competing software is telling about their actual goals.

This is consistent with what past Microsoft business group president Jeff Raikes previously stated, "If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else".

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December 1, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» CRTC’s online consultation on television services.

The CRTC has launched a television.askingcanadians.com site.

Note: They are using the Disqus commenting system, so my comments show up at http://disqus.com/russellmcormond/.

October 31, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» My submission to the CRTC Re: Local TV Matters

I took the form at http://localtvmatters.ca as well as the CRTC form and sent the following intervention. The topic was the connections between convergence and the future of television, including local television. (See also: Michael Geist)

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October 21, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» CRTC claims transparency sufficient in an anti-competative marketplace

A CRTC press release from the CRTC seems to indicate that they didn't understand the traffic management issue before them. While they separate retail and wholesale in name, they don't in policy. They did not separate the phone and cable companies which see the Internet as a competative threat to their legacy services from the ISPs who seek to offer Internet services.

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September 10, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Copyright Consultation: Strange bedfellows and the not so Special 301 report

There are now only 4 days left to make your voice heard in the 2009 copyright consultation.

I was about to write about the policy and statistical laundering which can be seen with not only the 1996 WIPO treaties but also the Special 301 report. This is a report which special interest groups have managed to convince the United States government to abuse to pressure other countries into making radical backward-facing changes to their Copyright law.

I then read an article about a statement by Bell Canada about policy which I agreed with. Given I disagree with the phone and cable companies on most things, it is pretty special for me to find an area where I agree.

>> Read full article on the IT World Canada blog.

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November 7, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Google Inc. Terminates Advertising Agreement with Yahoo! Inc. in Canada

Read full press release from the Competition Bureau:

Yahoo! Inc. and Google Inc. have confirmed that they are abandoning a proposed search advertising agreement in Canada, resolving any potential Competition Bureau concerns about the impact of this proposed deal on Internet search advertising in Canada.

October 20, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Just say no, HMV tells musicians

The recording industry likes to include the decline of the traditional music retailers in their statistics of the alleged harm from unauthorized music filesharing. The reality is that it is the ongoing transition to downloads (#1 Apple's iTunes, #2 eMusic) and big-box stores (#1 Wal-Mart, #2 Best Buy) that is the major influence.

A Canadian Press article says that, "HMV bought a full-page ad in the music magazine Billboard to laud superstar acts for refusing to go along with similar arrangements in Canada and asks that musicians refuse any distribution offers that would cut out traditional retailers."

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August 29, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Predictable positions from subset of stakeholders at Brussels telecommunication/copyright event.

Michael Geist has posted an article "The Battle Over Internet Filtering" where he discusses a seminar in Brussels on the "telecoms package" currently before the European Parliament. He listed out some of the views of the stakeholders on issues like DRM, "three strikes and you're out" policies ("graduated response") , "technical mandates", ISP filtering/blocking of infringing content, and stronger cross-border enforcement initiatives (ACTA).

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July 17, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Big Media Strikes Again with iPhone

John C. Dvorak offered a similar rant as part of the TWIT show, so it is great to see he did it in text for PC magazine.

The journalism community in general—and tech journalists in particular—discourage free enterprise and real competition. They are the worst kind of bandwagon-hoppers and hero-worshippers. No wonder the public does not think highly of the profession.
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The irony is that giving too much attention to Microsoft allowed the company to take over the place; there was nobody left to actually advertise, and all the computer magazines shrank in size. Everyone then blamed the Internet.

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July 15, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Burnaby-Douglas MP Bill Siksay on Bill C-61

Burnaby-Douglas Link is a monthly publication produced by Hon. MP Bill Siksay's office and is sent to every household in the Burnaby-Douglas riding. On the front cover of Burnaby-Douglas Link's July 2008 issue (png image), MP Siksay discusses in length the negative impacts that Bill C-61 will bring upon Canadians and describes his position on the said bill. The following is a text copy.

Dear Friends,

As I write, Parliament has just recessed for the summer.

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June 7, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Competition Bureau Publishes Bulletin on Abuse of Dominance in the Telecommunications Industry

This Bulletin outlines how the Bureau would address issues related to anti-competitive conduct in the telecommunications industry under the abuse of dominance provisions of the Competition Act in markets no longer subject to regulation by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).