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Voltage’s choice of defendant made ‘difference’ in class action failure: expert

Media | 11/14/2019 9:05 pm EST

The movie studio that has for years sought to sue alleged copyright infringers in Canada has been denied by the Federal Court the ability to sue thousands of Canadians at...

Federal Court says disclosure motions need ‘best available evidence’

Media | 02/22/2019 6:13 pm EST

Key evidence relied upon by movie studios in a substantial chunk of copyright infringement cases that have yielded vast sums of money from settlements has been ruled insufficient by a Federal Court judge who reversed a disclosure order on Thursday. TekSavvy Solutions Inc. challenged the disclosure orders brought by three movie studios against 13 internet service providers in November 2017. The Chatham-based ISP said the studios provided evidence to the court that was made up of unsworn...

Bar Association tells committee notice-and-notice falls short

Media | 12/04/2018 5:36 pm EST

OTTAWA — The Canadian Bar Association told MPs Monday Parliament should introduce a new regime to deal with online piracy in the Copyright Act because the current notice-and-notice regime is...

As CRTC rejects FairPlay, proposal could move to legislative reviews

Media | 10/02/2018 11:20 am EDT

The CRTC has no jurisdiction to implement a system to block websites...

Rogers can recover some costs to disclose customer info, SCC rules

Media | 09/14/2018 10:37 am EDT

OTTAWA --- In a decision that could serve as a deterrent to copyright...

B.C. court dismisses Google case in Equustek

Media | 04/18/2018 12:33 pm EDT

A British Columbia court said it will not set aside or change a provincial court decision to force...

Google doesn’t have to comply with SCC order: U.S. court

telecom | 11/03/2017 4:56 pm EDT

Alphabet Inc.’s Google does not have to comply with an order from Canada’s highest court to remove from its search engine certain results in the United States, a U.S. court ruled Thursday, invoking a free expression argument which some experts say was not one that the...

Expand statutory damages to other collectives: copyright groups

Media | 11/01/2017 5:43 pm EDT

Just over a week before Parliament is set to embark on its five-year review...

Bell copyright ask draws criticism, as others point to precedent

telecom | 09/26/2017 6:03 pm EDT

BCE Inc. has said it thinks Canada can tackle piracy by mandating that...

Making available right established for downloads, but no rates set

Media | 08/29/2017 6:26 pm EDT

The Copyright Board has ruled that the making available right under the...

Supreme Court’s Google search ban could have global implications

Media | 06/28/2017 10:07 am EDT

OTTAWA — In a landmark ruling, Canada’s top court dismissed an appeal...

Court orders $12.7M in damages in 1st digital lock rules case

Media | 03/08/2017 8:46 pm EST

A Federal Court judge ruled last week that a defendant must pay damages for selling products that allowed users to bypass another company’s technological protections, in the first such ruling in Canada. The case sets a precedent that will have a ripple effect on other industries, including media, according to...

Canadian court orders another worldwide search result takedown

Media | 02/03/2017 9:17 pm EST

A Federal Court judge on Monday ordered a foreign website to be taken down and some of the content it published removed from search engines internationally due to a violation of Canadian...

Should copyright tariffs be mandatory?

Media | 03/30/2015 3:43 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada and the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC) recently argued before the Supreme Court of Canada over whether a tariff on “broadcast incidental...

Web operators must pay SOCAN for music videos

Media | 07/22/2014 1:26 am EDT

Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Netflix Inc. must pay Canadian songwriters and publishers for music videos viewed on their services, the Copyright Board of Canada ruled on Friday. The board certified two tariffs from the Society...

Government formalizes ‘notice-and-notice’ copyright regime

telecom | 06/17/2014 10:14 pm EDT

A “notice-and-notice” copyright regime — under which Internet service providers (ISPs) will be legally required to notify customers about copyright infringement complaints brought to their attention by rights holders — will come into force in January 2015, the government said Tuesday. A press release issued by Industry Minister James Moore and Heritage Minister Shelly Glover said the system “formalizes a voluntary practice aimed at discouraging online copyright infringement, provides copyright owners with a tool to enforce their rights, and respects the interests...

Jury out on what Digital Privacy Act does to privacy, copyright

Media | 04/15/2014 5:09 pm EDT

The Digital Privacy Act, the government’s most recent attempt to update the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), has experts disagreeing about the effect it...

ACTRA, CMPA among organizations opposing Aereo

telecom | 03/03/2014 9:28 pm EST

Canadian groups including the actors’ union ACTRA, the Canadian Media Production Association, and the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) have joined in filing a brief in a U.S. Supreme Court...