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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 ineffective. Steven Seiferling, executive officer of the bar association’s intellectual property law section, said at the House industry committee Canada’s notice-and-notice regime isn’t enough to deter infringement if it doesn't result in consequences. He said a copyright infringer could ignore the notice or spoof their location, making it hard for a rights-holder to stop the...

Budget bill risks ‘compromising’ copyright board autonomy, committee hears

Media | 11/22/2018 12:18 pm EST

Budget bill risks ‘compromising’ copyright board autonomy, committee hearsAn expert in copyright law is asking senators to nix a reform measure in the Liberal government’s latest budget implementation bill that allows the federal cabinet to set...

Canadians agreed to pay at least $200K to settle copyright suits in 2018

Media | 08/22/2018 5:08 pm EDT

Canadians agreed to pay at least $200K to settle copyright suits in 2018More than a dozen movie studios have sued Canadians in recent months in a...

Expand statutory damages to other collectives: copyright groups

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

Expand statutory damages to other collectives: copyright groupsJust over a week before Parliament is set to embark on its five-year review...

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...

Inaction against VPN usage ‘may speak volumes’: lawyer

Media | 07/22/2014 9:35 pm EDT

Users of Netflix Inc.’s Canadian feed who feel like watching a few episodes of 30 Rock, Louie or Les Revenants will find themselves out of luck. But in a world where Canadians know these shows...

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...