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The New Google-AAP Settlement: Some Questions and Antitrust Speculations

The New Google-AAP Settlement: Some Questions and Antitrust Speculations | Legislation | Scoop.it
The Publishers Weekly reported yesterday that “The Association of American Publishers (on behalf of five named publisher plaintiffs) and Google today announced they have settled their long-running litigation over Google’s library book scanning.
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Google Faces Canadian Gmail Lawsuit Over Email Scanning

Google Faces Canadian Gmail Lawsuit Over Email Scanning | Legislation | Scoop.it

A B.C. man has filed a lawsuit against Google over the scanning of emails sent to Gmail users. Similar lawsuits have been filed in the U.S., though experts are skeptical about whether automated scanning amounts to a privacy violation.

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UNESCO's 2012 Paris OER Declaration

UNESCO's 2012 Paris OER Declaration | Legislation | Scoop.it
UNESCO held the World Open Educational Resources Congress in Paris last
week with delegates releasing a declaration
in support of OERs and open licensing frameworks.
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Twitter Issues Transparency Report

Twitter Issues Transparency Report | Legislation | Scoop.it
Twitter has issued a transparency
report that discloses government requests for user information
along with copyright takedown demands.
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Has Canada Effectively Shifted from Fair Dealing to Fair Use?

Has Canada Effectively Shifted from Fair Dealing to Fair Use? | Legislation | Scoop.it
The reverberations from yesterday's Supreme Court of Canada
copyright decisions will be felt for years (good coverage of the
decisions include posts from Mark Hayes, IP
Osgoode, Barry
Sookman, Howard
Knopf, the Toronto
Star, and the CBC).
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Why the Supreme Court's Copyright Decisions Eviscerate Access Copyright's Business Model

Why the Supreme Court's Copyright Decisions Eviscerate Access Copyright's Business Model | Legislation | Scoop.it
The implications of last week's Supreme Court of Canada copyright
decisions seem readily apparent to just about everybody - other than
Access Copyright.
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How the Supreme Court of Canada Doubled Down on Users' Rights in Copyright

How the Supreme Court of Canada Doubled Down on Users' Rights in Copyright | Legislation | Scoop.it
I've posted several pieces on the recent Supreme Court of Canada copyright decisions, including an immediate overview, a piece on why Canada has shifted to fair use, an analysis of the inclusion of a technological neutrality principle, a discussion...
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Prime Minister's Privacy Policy Requires a Re-Write

Prime Minister's Privacy Policy Requires a Re-Write | Legislation | Scoop.it
As public concern over Internet privacy has grown in recent years,
one of the first responses is invariably to focus on the need for
improved disclosure through easily accessible website privacy
policies.
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Cutting Community Internet Access Program Highlights Absence of Digital Strategy

Cutting Community Internet Access Program Highlights Absence of Digital Strategy | Legislation | Scoop.it
The recent federal budget was a hefty 498 pages, but my weekly technology law column (Ottawa Citizen version, homepage version) notes it still omitted disclosing the decision to eliminate funding for the Community Access Program, Canada's...
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Note to Publishers: Your Addiction to DRM is Killing You

Note to Publishers: Your Addiction to DRM is Killing You | Legislation | Scoop.it
Mathew Ingram posts
on why publishers' emphasis on DRM is hurting the industry, not
infringers. Meanwhile, the e-book price fixing lawsuits in the U.S.
appear to have migrated
to Canada.
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Australia High Court Sides With ISP in Landmark Copyright Case

Australia High Court Sides With ISP in Landmark Copyright Case | Legislation | Scoop.it
The Australian High Court has issued a landmark
ruling
that firmly sides with Internet providers over their liability and
responsibility for alleged infringement on their networks.
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Canadian Library Association Posts Its Technical Amendments to Bill C-11

Canadian Library Association Posts Its Technical Amendments to Bill C-11 | Legislation | Scoop.it
The Canadian Library Association has posted its proposed
technical amendments
to Bill C-11.
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Who Pays for Online Surveillance?: Police Recommended "Public Safety" Tax on Internet ...

Who Pays for Online Surveillance?: Police Recommended "Public Safety" Tax on Internet ... | Legislation | Scoop.it
One of the major unanswered questions about Bill C-30, the lawful access/online surveillance bill, is who will pay for the costs associated with responding to law enforcement demands for subscriber information ("look ups") and installation of...
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Access To Information Requests To Go Online

Access To Information Requests To Go Online | Legislation | Scoop.it

The Canadian government is planning a pilot project that will permit online access to information
requests. The current system requires paper based requests.

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Random Government Takedown Demands Point to Need for Policy

Random Government Takedown Demands Point to Need for Policy | Legislation | Scoop.it
Given the enormous popularity of social media, establishing a foothold on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other popular websites has become a top priority for most organizations.  The same is true for the federal government, which last year...
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Declaration of Internet Freedom

Declaration of Internet Freedom | Legislation | Scoop.it
Dozens of civil society groups have issued a Declaration of
Internet Freedom that focuses on five principles: expression,
access, openness, innovation, and privacy.
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Copyright and Innovation: The Untold Story

Copyright and Innovation: The Untold Story | Legislation | Scoop.it
Professor Michael Carrier has published
the results of a remarkable initiative on copyright and
innovation that uses the music industry and Napster as the case
study.
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Beyond Users' Rights: Supreme Court Entrenches Technological Neutrality as a New Copyright Principle

Beyond Users' Rights: Supreme Court Entrenches Technological Neutrality as a New Copyright Principle | Legislation | Scoop.it
Last week, I posted
on the significance of the Supreme Court of Canada's five copyright
decisions with an emphasis on the shift from fair dealing to fair
use.
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Supreme Court Shakes the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law

Supreme Court Shakes the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law | Legislation | Scoop.it
I have posted several pieces on the recent Supreme Court of Canada copyright decisions (an immediate overview, a piece on why Canada has shifted to fair use, an analysis of the inclusion of a technological neutrality principle, and a discussion on...
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CRTC Message to Broadcasters: Regulatory Games Coming to an End

CRTC Message to Broadcasters: Regulatory Games Coming to an End | Legislation | Scoop.it
Last week, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission announced
that it is terminating the Local Programming Improvement Fund
(LPIF).
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Access Copyright and AUCC Strike a Deal: What It Means for Innovation in Education

Access Copyright and AUCC Strike a Deal: What It Means for Innovation in Education | Legislation | Scoop.it
Access Copyright and the Association of Universities and Colleges of
Canada announced
an agreement yesterday on a model licence.
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Canada Joins International Open Government Partnership

Canada Joins International Open Government Partnership | Legislation | Scoop.it
Canada formally joined
the International Open Government Partnership yesterday with 12
commitments in an Action Plan that will be implemented over a three
year period.
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Public Safety Claims Telecom Ownership Liberalization a National Security Threat

Public Safety Claims Telecom Ownership Liberalization a National Security Threat | Legislation | Scoop.it
Fresh off Bill C-30, the Internet surveillance legislation, Public Safety Canada now says that opening the Canadian telecom market to foreign ownership "would pose a considerable risk to public safety and national security."...
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BillC-32Brief_Jan2010_CdnCouncillofArchives_EN.pdf

Brief from the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) to The Legislative Committee on Bill C-32 (CC32)

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Bland Over Bold: The Government's New Telecom and Spectrum Policy

Bland Over Bold: The Government's New Telecom and Spectrum Policy | Legislation | Scoop.it
Industry Minister Christian Paradis unveiled
the government's
plans for the next spectrum auction yesterday with a plan that hits
many of the right notes but remains too timid in places.
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