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November 15, 2011

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Bill C-11 house debate day 3

On November 14, 2011 we had the third time when the House of Commons debated Bill C-11 (at Second Reading).

The most notable aspect of the debate for me is how the Conservatives are going out of their way to conflate the WIPO Paracopyright provisions (tied to infringing purposes, no restriction on circumvention tools, etc) and the non-WIPO (beyond-WIPO) Paracopyright provisions.

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September 3, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Copyright as an Election Issue?

Howard Knopf highlights that copyright came up in the meeting between Gilles Duceppe, the Bloc Québécois leader, and Prime Minister Harper on August 30.

It is not known whether the Bloc's lack of enthusiasm for Bill C-61 is because it goes too far or doesn't go far enough.

I also suspect the fact that C-61 tromps all over provincial jurisdiction (technological measures are really about eCommerce, contract and tangible property law) was also not a topic of conversation. So much for the alleged purpose of the Bloc in federal politics.

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July 7, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» The Bloc targets ISPs, but what are ISPs?

A constituent received a letter from Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe on Bill C-61 that looks quite similar to what we saw from Bloc MP Thierry St-Cyr. The message: we somehow have to fulfill some obligation to ratify the WIPO treaties that the Liberal federal government signed, and the Bloc is worried that ISPs aren't being held more responsible for infringement.

Now here is my personal problem. Bill C-61 is an omnibus bill, with the majority of the bill being about "technological measures". A colleague did a work count of the English text and found that this component of the bill takes up over a third. If we were able to talk about ISP liability as an independent topic, I would have a more nuanced position that lies somewhere between no liability and the Bloc position of scapegoating communications providers.

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June 28, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Fair Copyright Montreal

The Montreal group has a great WIKI set up at FairCopyrightMontreal.org. This is an exciting trend to see, as it will allow people in the area to better coordinate with their neighbours to talk to their neighbours and their own elected representatives.