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Notice-and-notice effect on piracy unclear ahead of copyright review

Media | 03/13/2017 8:39 pm EDT

As the federal government gears up to review the Copyright Act later this year, information about the rate of piracy in Canada remains elusive, two full years since the implementation of the notice-and-notice regime to combat copyright infringement. The Wire Report reached out to experts to see whether the regime has had a tangible effect on piracy rates in Canada ahead of the review, but few could provide a way to measure the notice system's effectiveness. “The Department of...

TPP ‘consistent’ with Canadian copyright law, government says

Media | 10/05/2015 8:57 pm EDT

Details about provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that could affect Canada’s media and telecom industries remained scant Monday as the government announced the conclusion of the agreement, though officials said the agreement would not put new constraints on the cultural sector and is “fully consistent” with current Canadian copyright law. A government official speaking to media on a background basis during a technical briefing said Canada...

EU votes down ‘link tax’

telecom | 07/09/2015 5:50 pm EDT

Canadian-based activist group OpenMedia on Thursday congratulated the European Parliament for voting against a proposal that fees be paid by Internet search engines that use text excerpts that promote links to news articles from outlets across the European Union. OpenMedia said in a press release that this proposed "link tax" was part of a...

OpenMedia fights ‘link tax’ in Europe

Media | 06/15/2015 4:40 pm EDT

Canadian-based activist group OpenMedia is trying to drum up support against measures in Europe that would introduce fees for search engines and aggregation websites that use text excerpts to promote links to news articles. OpenMedia said in a news release that the European Union is considering a policy for the harmonization of copyright laws across...

ISPs prepping for increase in copyright infringement notices

Media | 01/12/2015 10:11 pm EST

After "significant" investments in time and money to prepare for the notice-and-notice regime that went into effect this month, independent Internet service providers Teksavvy Solutions Inc....

OpenMedia seeking more transparency in TPP talks

Media | 12/11/2014 4:13 pm EST

OpenMedia, the Canadian-based promoter of open Internet policies, said Thursday one of its representatives will meet with negotiators of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and make demands for more transparency during the TPP...