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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 6, 2012

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Is Bill C-11 related to SOPA/PIPA?

Probably the claim you will read most often in recent weeks from my friendly archvillain Jason J Kee on his twitter feed is that, There is NO COMPARISON b/t #C11 & SOPA. While he is playing with words when he makes this claim, I think it is useful to discuss the narrow way in which he is correct as well as the ways he is trying to distract people from the similarities.

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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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July 4, 2011

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Re: CRTC 2011-344: Fact-finding exercise on the over-the-top programming services

I am making an informal submission to the CRTC as part of their so-called "Fact-finding exercise on the over-the-top programming services in the Canadian broadcasting system". I authored on Google Docs (Document URL, HTML version).

The general message is a repeat of ones I have made elsewhere: With digital convergence we need to modernize regulation towards treating all services built on top of the raw data networks fairly. I discussed what I felt were the correct and incorrect scenarios to apply CANCON related regulations and cross-subsidies. I also discussed the need to mandate vendor neutral interoperable communications standards.

Included below is an HTML version of the submission

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February 5, 2011

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Anti-competition everywhere in Canadian telecom/broadcast sectors.

I'm not a proud Canadian these days. It seems that everywhere I look I see some monopolist trying to wipe out free markets in Canada, and not enough government intervention to protect the market. There are individuals in the current cabinet who appear on the surface to share some ideas, but who are sending mixed messages. I also don't get the impression that there is enough support elsewhere in cabinet, with other parliamentarians and parties, or with the larger bureaucracy who should be working for us.

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October 24, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Heritage committee to study vertical integration

The minutes of the Heritage Committee meeting of Thursday, October 21, 2010 includes the tabling/debate and approval of the following motion tabled by Charlie Angus:

That given the dramatic ownership changes in the private television sector and the increasing move towards digital, mobile and next-generation viewing platforms that the Heritage committee examine: 1) the implications of increasing vertical integration between large content providers and ISP-mobile phone carriers; 2) the role and viability of small and independant television broadcasters; 3) the role of the CBC in an increasingly changed media viewing landscape; 4) the role of the CRTC in ensuring diversity of voices in a changing media landscape and; 5) the role of the Canada Media Fund and other funding mechanisms in ensuring the success of new programming on next generation media platforms.

I believe the committee must become aware of real-world "technical measures" alleged to protect copyright, which are in fact a less understood form of vertical integration.

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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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December 11, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Government of Canada Varies CRTC Decision on Globalive

An Industry Canada press release provides the details (Globalive Wireless, WIND Mobile). Newswire: Globalive to respond to Government of Canada decision.

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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/.

November 5, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Benkler Responds to Berkman Broadband Study Criticism

Professor Yochai Benkler has posted a response to some of the criticism of the FCC-commissioned Berkman study on broadband.

Most interesting to me is the final section that relates to how to regulate the market, comparing inter-modal competition (Cable vs. Phone vs. Satelite vs. power line, etc) to “open access” markets (Where the mode is not vertically integrated with all services). With my submissions to the CRTC suggesting a regulated separation of mode from services, I'm clearly in the "open access" camp.

What we see is that telco incumbents and cable companies, power companies, and open access entrants in five different countries are all tightly clustered in one high-performing corner. These are countries with robust open access policies. On the bottom left hand corner are the companies that offer low speeds for high prices. These companies are not tightly clustered, and they don't seem to be responding to any particular competitor, but are rather setting prices with much less discipline to push them to a “market price.” Almost all the companies in that bottom third corner are in the two major “inter-modal competition” markets—the United States and Canada.

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November 3, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Debate on spam became innovation agenda discussion

Charlie Angus was in full force yesterday. He took his contribution to the debate on Bill C-27 (often called the anti-SPAM bill, although it still contains anti-malware and other provisions as well), and spoke about it as one part of a larger digital agenda.

The full debate is available via Hansard, but I wanted to highlight a specific section of Mr. Angus' contributions. (Note: Debate resumes after C-50, which may be today or later.)

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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 11, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» How local TV could really matter: end of antiquated phone and cable companies

I suspect most Canadians have seen the advertisements from the Local TV Matters campaign from broadcast networks CTV (and the 'A' Channel), CBC, and Global (and Chek News). This includes some of the PSA's and songs they (ironically) make available through YouTube. You may also have seen the material from the Stop the TV Tax campaign brought to you by re-broadcasters (cable/satellite/etc companies) Bell (and Bell Aliant), Cogeco, EastLink, Telus and Rogers.

As a Canadian citizen you may feel stuck in the middle of a battle between massive television networks and massive communications (phone and cable) companies . This fee for carriage debate may turn out to be good news to Canadians in the long run as it may allow us to finally modernize our communications infrastructure.

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

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November 3, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» New front in battle between Canadian networks, cable

The following is the comment I added to Grant Robertson's article in the Globe and Mail.

If the broadcasters were looking for alternatives to cable/etc, that would be a great movement forward. The underlying problem is the monopoly the cable/etc companies have on the "last mile" connections to the "consumer".

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August 2, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» What if you could own your Internet connection?

An article by Derek Slater, Policy Analyst, in Googles Public Policy BLOG, as well as an article by Timothy B. Lee for Ars Technica talks about a pilot project in Ottawa for customer owned fiber.

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August 1, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Bell moves to limit internet downloads of competitor ISPs

An article by Peter Nowak for CBC News documents Bell's latest anti-competitive tactics: applying bandwidth caps on the customers of competing ISP customers.

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July 28, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Privacy Commissioner should investigate ISP web surveillance: CIPPIC

The following press release is from CIPPIC. For people wanting to learn more about these harmful activities, they may wish to listen to recent Security Now podcasts: 149: ISP Privacy, 151: Frakking Phorm, 153: Bad Phorm.

OTTAWA – The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), based at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, has asked the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to open an investigation into the internet service provider (ISP) industry’s controversial new practice of profiling users online to target them with advertising.

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July 23, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» MobileSyrup Interview with MP David McGuinty - Bill C-555

Listen to interview of David McGuinty on Bill C-555 by the folks at MobileSyrup.


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» Death of Free Internet is Imminent

An article by Kevin Parkinson on GlobalResearch.ca talks about a few issues with our incumbent monopolist phone and broadcast undertaking companies (wired and wireless). I am glad that these issues are increasingly being covered by people on all sides of the political spectrum(s), recognizing the importance of this infrastructure to our future economy as well as society as a whole.

July 21, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
digitalcopyright
Digital Copyright Canada
» Popularity of cellphones lags in Canada: global study

A Canadian News Wire article discusses how "when it comes to owning and using mobile phones, Canada lags behind many nations, including several in the developing world,suggests a global study on telecommunications".

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