We wrote a letter to Minister of Industry James Moore demanding that the legal loophole be closed. It is time to put an end to abusive copyright trolls. Speak out at https://OpenMedia.ca/shakedown
Article by Jeremy Malcolm for EFF
The notice and takedown provisions of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provide a streamlined way for copyright owners to remove material from the Internet. Now almost two decades after the law was passed, the DMCA takedown system has proved itself to be an utter disappointment. Users are frequently outraged by false takedown notices that are issued recklessly (such as the scattershot automated notices that Total Wipes Music Group recently sent targeting websites, including EFF's) or even maliciously (such as the use of takedowns to silence political speech).
Canadians risk being caught in a web of unbridled government snooping into their personal lives” - that’s the verdict of the government’s own Privacy Commissioner on Bill C-51.Article by Ian Macleod for the Ottawa CitizenThe federal government’s proposed security bill contains serious and contradictory flaws that will allow more than 100 government entities to exchange Canadians’ confidential information – yet no provision for similar information-sharing between the agencies that track the lawfulness of federal spies and police, parliamentarians were told Thursday.
Four of Canada’s top government watchdogs – who monitor privacy, the country’s two spy agencies and the RCMP – testified on Bill C-51 before the Senate national security committee.
Michael Geist: The new copyright extension does not benefit Canadian artists, but large foreign record labels
Longer copyrights will only cost Canadians more money while sweeping up legitimate uses and reuses of content by artists and their access to crucial audiences.
Article by Michael Geist
The government’s surprise decision to include copyright term extension for sound recordings and performances in this week’s budget is being painted by the music industry as important for Canadian artists. But sources suggest that the key reason for the change is lobbying from foreign record labels such as Universal Music and Sony Music, who were increasingly concerned with the appearance of public domain records from artists such as the Beatles appearing on store shelves in Canada. As discussed in this post, Canadian copyright law protects the song for the life of the author plus 50 years. However, the sound recording lasts for 50 years. That still provides decades of protection for record companies to profit from the records, but that is apparently not long enough for them.
CBC: Did you know about cost-effective, mobile phone service Google Fi Wireless? Well, it won't come to Canada anytime soon
The new phone service is a cost-effective alternative , though only available to Americans for now.
Article by Dianne Buckner for CBC News
Google is about to launch a new cost-effective mobile phone service for Americans only. And as the news spreads, it may trigger a new round of grumbling in Canada over the state of this country's telecom industry.
Google Fi will cost a mere $20 a month for talk, text, Wi-Fi tethering, and international coverage in more than 120 countries. And here's a flashy selling point: customers will pay only for the data they use, and even get a refund for unused data.
Your news links for today:
- Sound Recording Copyright Extension to 70 Years is a MONEY GRAB! - University of Alberta Faculty of Law Blog
- Is the Great Canadian Copyright Giveaway Really About Some Cheap Beatles Records? - Michael Geist
- Petraeus Plea Deal Reveals Two-Tier Justice System for Leaks - The Intercept
- Canadian spy agencies tell Parliament they need to talk with each other - Globe and Mail
- Security-bill snooping goes too far, federal watchdogs warn - Ottawa Citizen
- BlackBerry missing in action on C-51 anti-terror bill - AlphaBeatic
- Google Fi might be exactly what Canada's telecom market needs - CBC News
- No Cogeco. That is not tremendous. - reddit
Parliament set to debate C-51 today (Friday), as over 200,000 Canadians call for the Bill to be scrapped
Parliament is set to debate Bill C-51 this morning (Friday), a day after a joint petition calling for the bill to be scrapped hit the 200,000 mark, making it one of the largest political campaigns in Canadian history. A large majority of Canadians now oppose the bill.
The report stage debate is scheduled to take place at 10am ET.
Commenting on the upcoming debate, OpenMedia’s communications manager David Christopher said: “Business leaders, 200,000 Canadians, and the government’s own top security and privacy experts are all warning that Bill C-51 is fundamentally flawed. It’s completely irresponsible of the government to ignore the experts and ram this reckless legislation through Parliament without a proper debate.”
Christopher continued: “They should listen to Canadians, go back to the drawing board, and this time consult properly about how to keep this country safe while respecting basic rights and freedoms.”
The watchdogs for Canada’s spy agencies say they are being left in the dark about intelligence activities.
Article by Colin Freeze for The Globe and Mail
The watchdogs for Canada’s spy agencies have got together to tell Parliament how much they resent being kept apart.
Telling a Parliamentary hearing they need new laws to allow them to compare notes about Canada’s counter-terrorism operations, the review bodies say they see only a partial picture of what federal police and intelligence agencies are doing.
None of the amendments to Bill C-51 begin to address the fundamental threat on basic rights and freedoms, experts say.Article by Carmen Cheung for BCCLA
This week, the Senate’s Standing Committee on National Security and Defence continues its pre-study of Bill C-51, while an amended version of the Bill proceeds to third reading in the House of Commons.
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (“SECU”) made just four amendments to the omnibus bill, despite hearing witness after witness express serious concerns about the Bill and its impact on basic rights and freedoms. We don’t think these amendments even begin to address the fundamental flaws in the Bill, and discuss why in our submissions to the Senate. These submissions also include our take on some of the comments made by government lawyers at the clause-by-clause review of the Bill at SECU – comments which deal with the scope of the new CSIS powers; accountability in cases where information sharing by government results in harm to individuals (as we saw with Maher Arar); and whether the Federal Court of Canada is being asked to authorize unconstitutional activities by CSIS agents under the proposed warrant regime.
This is amazing: our joint petition against spying Bill C-51 has reached an incredible 200,000 signatures.
Thanks to everyone for speaking up and sending the government a clear message that this Bill is reckless, dangerous, and ineffective. We would never have reached this point were it now for thousands of Canadians taking action to spread the word in local communities right across this country.
This makes our #StopC51 campaign one of the largest ever in Canadian history!
Huge thanks to all our partners in this effort - especially our co-hosts Leadnow.ca and Avaaz. With polls now showing 56% of Canadians against the Bill, with just 33% in favour, it's clear that public opinion has swung dramatically to our side.
It caps off a remarkable week, that has seen grassroots-driven protests take place across Canada, and 60 leading business people, investors, and entrepreneurs pen a joint op-ed in the National Post calling for Bill C-51 to be scrapped.
As government announces costly new copyright terms, leading experts send letter to Industry Minister urging him to fix existing loopholes that are exposing Canadians to threats and abuse
April 23, 2015 – Leading Canadian copyright experts and organizations are urging Industry Minister James Moore to fix dangerous loopholes in Canada’s copyright rules. In a joint letter to Minister Moore, 17 organizations and experts set out in detail what needs to be done to safeguard Canadians from media giants trying to abuse the system. The letter comes just days after the government quietly announced in Tuesday’s budget that it will extend copyright terms on sound recordings from 50 to 70 years, a move that will cost customers millions.
As a result of a loophole in Canada’s new copyright rules, Canadians have been inundated by threatening and misleading notices from U.S.-based rights-holders. The notices threaten recipients with penalties that are impossible under Canadian law - such as $150,000 lawsuits and disconnection from the Internet. Experts want James Moore to act fast to close the loophole, which he was warned about but chose to ignore, before the new rules came into force in January.
Your news links for today:
- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's New Budget Invests Heavily in the Military and Spies - VICE
- The curious case of Tom Mulcair: C-51 and the cost of a principled stance - rabble.ca
- Google’s wireless service is official, dubbed Project Fi - Android Authority
- Editorial: Google's Project Fi May Not Be The Carrier You Want, But I Sure As Hell Do - Android Police
- Canada’s Competition Bureau may be preparing to launch antitrust litigation against Google - Mobile Syrup
- Internet streaming preferred over live TV by majority of viewers, new survey finds - GeekWire
- Bell details changes to CRTC-enforced Mobile TV billing - Mobile Syrup
- Canadians shouldn't hold their breath for HBO Now - AlphaBeatic
- Dice Loaded Against Public in Canada's Copyright Term Extension - EFF
- Hollywood Anti-Piracy Initiative Requires a VPN Outside the U.S. - TorrentFreak
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