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December 30, 2011

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Players or pawns: Big Copyright's war on technology?

One of Canada's best technology journalists, Jesse Brown, interviewed Techdirt.com editor Mike Masnick on the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act. While I agree with most of the discussion, I want to challenge some of the conclusions made at the end of the interview. It was discussed how "big copyright" had a history of lobbying, while tech firms were part of a start-up culture and until recently didn't play that game. This was behind why "big copyright" has been so successful at pushing forward laws which break some of the best features of modern technology, while at the same time not helping copyright holders.

This is based on the idea that there is only one tech sector involved, and that "big copyright" are in control of this game rather than being pawns of a more powerful player.

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December 14, 2011

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Discussing NDP MP and party leadership candidate Romeo Saganash's Copyright article

When I noticed Mr. Saganash's tweet about his Huffington Post article, I replied to say that while I didn't agree with everything he wrote about Bill C-11, I was glad he noted the harm to creators and owners from TPMs. I suspect it would be worthwhile for me to unpack that comment.

In a reply to Mr. Saganash, Jason J Kee disagreed with the suggestion that most countries don't prohibit circumvention for non-infringing purposes. I believe this reply conflates two very different types of technological protection measures included in Bill C-11: use controls, and access controls.

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August 13, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» New Democrats say Google-Verizon deal not for Canada

OTTAWA – In the wake of a controversial proposal on net neutrality advanced by Google and Verizon in the United States, New Democrats are calling on the CRTC to lay down clear rules to ensure equality of access to all information on the Internet for all Canadians.

Read full NDP press release.

July 9, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» My participation in the Digital Economy Consultation

The deadline for ideas and submissions on Canada’s digital economy strategy has been extended until midnight, Tuesday, July 13

I don't think I will have the time to make a formal submission. I have instead started to post to the ideas forum. If you agree with these ideas, please vote them up. Please also add comments.

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January 27, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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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 8, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» SaveOurNet.ca Digital Strategy Q&A with the Liberal Party

Liberal MP Marc Garneau (Westmount—Ville-Marie, critic for Industry, Science & Technology), has participated in a Q&A with SaveOutNet.ca. While the responses are interesting, I would like to compare with what would be said by Dan McTeague (Pickering—Scarborough East, critic for Consular Affairs, Consumer Affairs) who has expressed quite different opinions on digital strategy issues. I wouldn't be surprised to hear McTeague supporting both 3-strikes and the Google Tax.

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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 22, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» CRTC drops the ball on Internet freedom: Angus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 21, 2009

CRTC DROPS THE BALL ON INTERNET FREEDOM: ANGUS
Decision leaves consumers and users out in the cold

OTTAWA - Today’s CRTC decision on internet traffic management practices is a blow to the future of digital innovation in Canada, New Democrat Digital Affairs Critic Charlie Angus says. The decision allows Bell and other giant Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to throttle the internet traffic of competitors or end users if they see fit to do so. This interference will be bad news for smaller competitors and leaves consumers open to digital snooping and interference from cable giants.

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July 13, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Mixed and conflicting bag of policies from ACTRA

The following was posted as a comment to an Hour.ca article about the Network Neutrality hearings.

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June 5, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» The Future of the Internet: Access, Openness, and Inclusion - A Town Hall Discussion

Please go to SaveOurNet.ca for details on the town hall meetings occurring in TORONTO (Monday June 8, 2009, 7:00pm), Ottawa (Wednesday June 10, 2009, 7:00pm) and Vancouver (Saturday June 20, 2009).

For those who cannot attend in person, some will be streamed online.

January 6, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Is throttling Necessary?

Jesse Brown takes on the question: Is throttling Necessary? in his (nearly) weekly podcast.

October 21, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Media Democracy Day Vancouver - October 25, 2008

Media Democracy Day 2008 Vancouver will take place at the Vancouver Public Library on Saturday October 25th 2008 from 12 noon to 6 pm. Admission is free and open to everyone. Geoffrey Glass will be representing the Fair Copyright for Canada community in a panel, and Ifny Lachance of the Free Geek Community Technology Centre will help people upgrade to Open Source.

Closing Address: Matt Thompson - Award Winning Online Video Producer, Campaign Strategist for FreePress, Co-founder of SaveOurNet.ca

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October 16, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» ITWorldCanada: Did copyright reform prevent a Conservative majority?

Rafael Ruffolo speculates for ComputerWorld Canada whether Bill C-61 and Copyright played a roll in the election.

August 30, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Mauril Bélanger's speech in May at Net Neutrality rally

With election fever in the air, I wanted to get out the speech (PDF from their office) Mauril Bélanger gave on May 27, 2008 at the rally on the hill for Network Neutrality.

June 27, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Bloc MP suggests C-61 doesn't go far enough?

A constituent in the Quebec riding of Jeanne-Le Ber received a reply from their Bloc MP Thierry St-Cyr, and posted it to the Montreal mailing list. This is the previous riding of past Heritage Minister Liza Frulla, and one of the ridings that Mr. Geist identified as having a "Copyright MP" given it has two key attributes - the sitting MP won their riding by 10 percent or less in the last election and their riding is home to a university.

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June 5, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Canada's fight for net neutrality

A great article by Kevin McArthur talks about Net Neutrality and related telecommunications policy in Canada.

June 4, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Net Neutrality: It is time political parties took a position

A May 27'th press release starts:

The Canadian Consumer Initiative (CCI) joined with several other groups today to urge all four federal political parties to take a position in favour of net neutrality.

See other press releases (Via Public Interest Advocacy Centre).

About the Canadian Consumer Initiative (via Consumers Council of Canada).

May 29, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Canadian punk rocker-turned-MP submits net neutrality bill

An Ars Technica article by Nate Anderson about the Net Neutrality bill tabled by Charlie Angus.

» C-552: An Act to amend the Telecommunications Act (Internet Neutrality)

Charlie Angus has tabled Private Members Bill C-522. The following is the excerpt from Hansard where Mr. Angus tabled the bill.

Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay, NDP)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-552, An Act to amend the Telecommunications Act (Internet Neutrality).

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May 28, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» CBC: NDP to introduce 'net neutrality' private member's bill

There was a pretty good article by Peter Nowak of CBC News about the rally and the statement by Charlie Angus that the NDP would be tabling a private members bill.