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Canada Signs ACTA: What Comes Next

Canada Signs ACTA: What Comes Next | Legislation | Scoop.it
Canada became an initial
signatory to the Anti-Counterfeiting
Trade Agreement
over the weekend in Japan.
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F.T.C. Publishes Steps for Mobile Industry to Prevent Overbilling

F.T.C. Publishes Steps for Mobile Industry to Prevent Overbilling | Legislation | Scoop.it
In the midst of a lawsuit against T-Mobile for overbilling, the F.T.C. on Monday published a list of best practices for companies to protect consumers from being overcharged.
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Google Details Problems With Handling Right to Be Forgotten Requests

Google Details Problems With Handling Right to Be Forgotten Requests | Legislation | Scoop.it
Google said that the company often had to rely only on information provided by the submitters, and that it struggled to decide whether the requests complied with Europe’s recent ruling.
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PEN Canada cooperates with controversial political-activities audit

PEN Canada cooperates with controversial political-activities audit | Legislation | Scoop.it
PEN Canada has become the latest charity subject to a Canada Revenue Agency-led political-activities audit, prompting renewed interest in membership with the free-expression advocacy organization. PEN Canada communications staffer Juanita Bawagan...
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Digital Canada 150: Why Canada's Universal Broadband Goal is Among the Least Ambitious in the OECD

The release of Digital Canada 150,
the federal government's long-awaited digital strategy, included a
clear connectivity goal: 98 percent access to 5 Mbps download speeds by
2019.
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The Copyright Board of Canada Music Streaming Decision: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Copyright Board of Canada issued its long-awaited music streaming decision late last week, setting royalties to be paid by Internet music streaming services such as Pandora for non-interactive and semi-interactive streaming for ...
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Government of Quebec Loses Domain Name Dispute Over Quebec.com

The Government of Quebec has lost its complaint over the domain name Quebec.com.  In a unanimous panel decision that included Copyright Board of Canada board member Nelson Landry, the government failed to demonstrate bad faith and raised...
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More competition for ebooks in Canada coming soon

The Competition Bureau announced today that it has signed a consent decree with the four major book publishers, which is expected to lower the price of ebooks in Canada.
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Canadian Media Production and Music Groups Calls for New Rules for Netflix, Google, ISPs

Canadians love Internet success stories such as Netflix and Google as
recent data indicates that millions now subscribe to the online video
service and Google is the undisputed leader in search and online
advertising.
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Copyright Board of Canada on Copying a Few Pages: It's Insubstantial and Not Compensable

The Copyright Board of Canada has issued a series of questions  to Access Copyright in the tariff proceedings involving Canadian
post-secondary institutions.
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If U.S. Cloud Computing Isn’t Good Enough for the Canadian Government, Why Should It Be for You?

In August 2011, the federal government announced plans to consolidate
more than 100 different email systems used by over 300,000 employees
into a single, outsourced email system.
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Will the Canada - South Korea Trade Agreement Include Copyright Term Extension?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is currently in South Korea reportedly
to finalize agreement on the Canada - South Korea trade agreement.
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Daily Report: N.S.A. Surveillance Program Is Illegal, Watchdog Says

Daily Report: N.S.A. Surveillance Program Is Illegal, Watchdog Says | Legislation | Scoop.it

The findings are laid out in a report that represent the first major public statement by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which Congress made an independent agency in 2007 and which only recently became fully operational.

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Norway library digitizes copyright-protected books, pays authors

Norway library digitizes copyright-protected books, pays authors | Legislation | Scoop.it
The National Library of Norway is digitizing and offering free online access to 135,000 books still under copyright, and will pay royalties to authors and publishers.
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Judge Rules That Microsoft Must Turn Over Data Stored in Ireland

Judge Rules That Microsoft Must Turn Over Data Stored in Ireland | Legislation | Scoop.it
Other big technology companies are watching the case, which Microsoft said it would appeal, as a potential threat to their plans to offer cloud computing overseas.
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Requests for User Data Rise in Twitter’s Latest Transparency Report

Requests for User Data Rise in Twitter’s Latest Transparency Report | Legislation | Scoop.it
Requests from governments around the world increased 46 percent since Twitter made its last bi-annual report.
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Questions Remain After Chinese Hacking Indictments

Questions Remain After Chinese Hacking Indictments | Legislation | Scoop.it
After the indictment of five members of a Chinese military hacking unit Monday, a nagging question remained: What about the other 20 hacking groups intelligence officials are tracking in China?
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Netflix Speed Rankings Raise Rogers Internet Traffic Management Questions: What Did It Know ...

Netflix released its latest ISP Speed Index yesterday, including Canada for the first time.  Given the popularity of the online video service, the Netflix report has attracted increasing attention as it offers a comparative look at the average...
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Norway, Extended Collective Licensing, and Orphan Works

Norway, Extended Collective Licensing, and Orphan Works | Legislation | Scoop.it
(by Peter Hirtle) On 10-11 March, the Copyright Office sponsored a roundtable on the problem of orphan works: works protected by copyright whose authors cannot be located.  I didn't attend, but you can find summaries of the discussion here, here,...
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Who Needs Lawful Access?: Cdn Telcos Hand Over Data on Thousands of Subscribers Without a Warrant

The debate over Bill C-13, the government's latest lawful access bill, is set to resume shortly.  The government has argued that the bill should not raise concerns since new police powers involve court oversight and the mandatory warrantless...
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Canadian Government To Commit More Money Toward Rural Broadband Initiatives

The CBC is reporting that the 2014 federal budget, which is scheduled to be tabled tomorrow, will feature money to "extend or improve high-speed Internet access to 280,000 households and businesses in rural and remote areas." A new commitment...
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The ALRC Report on Copyright and the Digital Economy (and me)

The ALRC Report on Copyright and the Digital Economy (and me) | Legislation | Scoop.it
The Australian Law Reform Commission has finally published its long-awaited Report. This is an impressive and important report, and I am proud that I had some opportunity to contribute to it in a short submission that I made last summer.
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Moving Targets: CRTC Sets Universal Broadband Access Target By Year End But Govt Plan Is For 2019

The federal government released its Report on Plans and Priorities for
2014-15 today with departments and agencies identifying spending
estimates and work priorities.
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Industry Canada Says "Modernizing Privacy Regime" Planned for 2014-15

Industry Canada's Report on Plans and Priorities for 2014-15 includes a notable paragraph on priorities for the digital economy.  The report states: In 2014–15, Industry Canada will deliver the telecommunications consumer commitments included in...
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Google Pushes Back Against Data Localization

Google Pushes Back Against Data Localization | Legislation | Scoop.it

Though Microsoft allows customers to choose to store their data outside the United States, Google has warned against data localization and said it would be nearly impossible to carry out.

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Verizon Publishes First Transparency Report on Data Requests

Verizon Publishes First Transparency Report on Data Requests | Legislation | Scoop.it
Verizon Communications on Wednesday published a so-called transparency report describing when and why it receives requests for customer data, like phone records or emails, from law enforcement and government agencies.
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