Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law.
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After months of delay, Industry Minister Christian Paradis unveiled the government's telecom strategy last week, setting out the details of the forthcoming spectrum auction and tinkering with longstanding foreign ownership restrictions. Spectrum allocation and auctions, which focus on the...
Bill C-11 has passed the committee stage last week and now seems slated to become law before the summer. The Bill C-11 legislative committee recently posted the remaining committee submissions (C-32 submissions here, C-11 here), which confirm that the government rejected the intense efforts...
Rob Reid has posted further details on the numbers behind his $8 Billion iPod TED Talk.
The lack of progress on the Canadian digital economy strategy has been a source of frustration for many as the still-unreleased strategy has been largely missing in action. Late last year I dubbed it the government's Penske File, a reference to the Seinfeld episode involving a non-existent...
Among the government's primary justifications for its lawful access/online surveillance bill (Bill C-30) is that since Internet providers have not been required to disclose subscriber information during an investigation, their assistance is inconsistent. For example, the Public Safety...
The new amended version of Bill C-11 has been posted along with the Bill C-11 legislative committee report.
Ariel Katz has a must-read post that comprehensively examines fair dealing/fair use tests, demonstrating that "effect on the market" is not the predominant factor in assessing whether a particular dealing is fair. There is also a good discussion in the comments and a follow-up post from...
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 surveillance equipment ("hook ups"). Christopher...
The Globe reports on a new BC poll that finds that a strong majority of provincial residents oppose Bill C-30. The report indicates 73% oppose the online surveillance bill and 55% strongly oppose it.
Great, great TED talk from Rob Reid on the funny numbers often promoted by music and movie lobby groups in the context of copyright.