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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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F.C.C. Chairman Adds More Ambiguity to His Position on Network Neutrality

F.C.C. Chairman Adds More Ambiguity to His Position on Network Neutrality | Legislation | Scoop.it
In a blog post on the Federal Communication Commission's website, Tom Wheeler sought to calm the nerves of both backers of Internet regulation and the people fighting against it.
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ISPs Push For Two-Tier Internet Based on Data Caps

Net neutrality has been one of the defining Internet policy issues of
the past decade.
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The Privacy Threats in Bill C-13, Part Two: The Low Threshold for Metadata

My first post on the privacy threats in Bill C-13
focused on the voluntary disclosure of personal information and the
complete civil and criminal immunity granted to intermediaries such as
ISPs and telecom companies that provide such disclosures.
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Fair Dealing’s Halls of Fame and Shame – 2013 Holiday Edition

Fair Dealing’s Halls of Fame and Shame – 2013 Holiday Edition | Legislation | Scoop.it
On May 15, 2012 the University of British Columbia announced that it would not sign a license agreement with Access Copyright, and immediately was inducted into Canada’s Fair Dealing Hall of Fame.
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The Case For Cancelling Canada's Simultaneous Substitution Rules

The government's promise to implement a "pick-and-pay" television model
that would allow consumers to subscribe to individual channels from
cable and satellite providers garnered significant attention this fall.
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Copyright Collectives Gone Mad: How the ERCC Spent Dollars to Earn Pennies

Howard Knopf points to an interesting Copyright Board of Canada decision that provides a instructive lesson in how copyright collectives fail.
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The Letters of the Law: The Year in Tech Law and Policy

With Edward Snowden and the great wireless war of 2013 leading the
way, law and technology issues garnered headlines all year long.
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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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Gmail Plans to Allow Google Plus Users to Send Anyone an Email

Gmail Plans to Allow Google Plus Users to Send Anyone an Email | Legislation | Scoop.it
A change to Gmail that would allow people to use Google Plus to send emails even if they do not know the recipient's email address provoked criticism from people who said they did not want their inboxes accessible by default.
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Time for a New Plan: With Government's Wireless Strategy in Tatters, Regulation May Be Only Option

The federal government's spectrum auction starts today with its wireless strategy in tatters.
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The TPP and Privacy: What Are the Implications of the E-commerce Chapter?

While much of the attention on the Trans Pacific Partnership has focused
on the intellectual property chapter, the e-commerce chapter raises
potentially significant privacy implications.
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Proposed U.S. Ambassador to Canada Pledges More Pressure on Intellectual Property

During the years of debate over Canadian copyright reform, I frequently
argued that caving to U.S. demands on issues such as digital locks would
not relieve the pressure but rather invite more of the same.
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What Will Canada's Anti-Spam Law Mean for Users and Businesses?

Long before sites such as Youtube and Twitter were even created, the
Canadian government established a national task force to examine
concerns associated with spam and spyware.
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Govt Promises Domestic Wireless Roaming Regulation: Can Wholesale Price Regulation Be Far Behind?

Industry Minister James Moore yesterday took another step toward improving the state of wireless competition in Canada by announcing
plans to cap wholesale domestic roaming fees at the same rates the
companies charge their own customers.
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Supreme Court of Canada Emphasizes Balance in Determining Copyright Scope of Protection

The Supreme Court of Canada issued another copyright decision
this morning, ruling in favour of Claude Robinson in a longstanding
copyright infringement battle over a children's television series.
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