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Canadians: Prepare for another fight for fair copyright

According to this post by Michael Geist it looks like Canada’s Heritage Minister James Moore is going to table the copyright bill C-61 again with only minor changes since it was presented last time.  After a national copyright consultation Moore is expected to present a bill virtually repeating C-61, or at least is is rumoured to still include the DMCA-like anti-circumvention clauses. In 2008 Canadians rallied to fight the first...

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ACTA draft officially released, sucks

Michael Geist Says: As the ACTA negotiating countries promised, a draft consolidated text was released earlier today. Unlike the earlier leaked version which provided specific attribution to country positions, this official version has removed references to those positions, so the text does not state who supports which version of the text.Today’s release marks an important development that highlights the value of public...

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Canadians like ISP traffic shaping, or don't understand the question?

A recent Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll on ISPs’ use of traffic shaping suggests that 60% of survey respondents find the practice reasonable as long as customers are treated fairly, while 22% believe Internet management is unreasonable regardless. The major Canadian Internet and phone service provider Rogers, meanwhile, compared ‘person-to-person file-sharing to a car that parks in one lane of a busy highway at all times of...

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US IP lobby adds Canada to 'Priority Watch List'

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has added Canada to the USTR’s “Priority Watch List” of copyright offenders, along with 11 other pirate havens such as China and Russia, as part of its annual Special 301 Report.  Industry trade group the Entertainment Software Association promptly issues a statement applauding the decision made by President Barack Obama’s administration. “Canada’s weak laws and...

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