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Following is an excerpt of a letter sent by CTV Television Inc. president of CTV programming and chair of the media group Susanne Boyce to the CRTC in the wake of a July 11/03 story in Canadian NEW MEDIA relating to the Groundbreaker Fund. Canadian NEW MEDIA was not contacted by CTV prior to it sending the letter.

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The House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage has named four new members to its ranks. All previous members remain, and will be joined by John Efford, a Liberal representing Bonavista-Trinity-Conception, James Lunney of the Alliance representing Nanaimo-Alberni, Gary Schellenberger, a Tory from Perth-Middlesex, and Caroline St-Hilaire, representing Longeuil for the Bloc Québécois.

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CNM Short Takes

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Broad-based coalition of oft-times sparring partners warns collectively against DMCA

Canada’s largest Internet service providers, broadcasters, retailers and public interest advocates have come together in a new coalition that sees sometime foes bed down with their sparring partners to advance their view of potential copyright reforms. On September 15, the Balanced Copyright Coalition (BCC) was announced with members including the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), the Canadian Association of Internet Providers, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), the Canadian Cable Television Association (CCTA), the Retail Council of Canada, Bell Canada, TELUS Corp., and lawyer Howard Knopf.

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Status quo on copyright infringement notices unsure as CRIA hints at change

There are hints that legislation may be on the table to codify ISP liability in copyright matters, though Ottawa is mum for the moment on whether Parliament will be asked to deal with it any time soon. Speculation that the federal government may be set to act on ISP liability comes after a story appeared in the Financial Post on September 12. In that article, a TELUS Corp. customer complained that she had received a notice from the telco and ISP that seemed to indicate the company had passed her personal information on to a copyright holder after she used peer-to-peer software to download MP3 files.

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Global can continue with “ITV” trademark, but Vancouver company owes no damages

WIC Television Ltd., now a subsidiary of CanWest Global Communications Corp., will continue to own the trademark "ITV" in Canada. But a veteran Vancouver webcasting company hasn’t violated that trademark by using the initials in its corporate name, ITV Technologies Inc., or its web site domain name ITV.net, the Federal Court of Canada ruled on September 10. The decision, rendered by Justice Danièle Tremblay-Lamer in Ottawa, upholds the status quo for both companies, though ITV Technologies’ lawyer says he’ll continue the case to pursue damages for losses suffered when WIC successfully won an injunction shutting ITV Technologies’ web site down for three weeks in 1997.

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CTV defends decision to fund Canadian Idol from Groundbreaker Fund in CRTC letter

CTV Inc. has fired back against a story in Canadian NEW MEDIA in which producers decried use of the Groundbreaker Fund to pay for the broadcaster’s massively popular Canadian Idol television series (CNM, July 11/03). In a four-page letter to the CRTC written by Susanne Boyce, president of CTV programming and chair of the media group, the company says it is surprised by the article and defends its choice to fund the reality show from money set aside as a public benefit related to BCE Inc.’s acquisition of CTV.

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CCR Update

September 24, 2003

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