News

  • – 2010-12-10 –

    CIPPIC has filed a submission on behalf of the Canadian Association of Teachers and the Canadian Federation of Students responding to Access Copyright's application for an interim tariff in the Access Copyright Post-Secondary Tariff matter before the Copyright Board.

  • – 2010-12-10 –

    The Google Policy Fellowship sponsors students to work on the important  Internet and technology policy issues of our time, including censorship, digitization, privacy, broadband access, spectrum, copyright, open government, and more. The host organizations provide students with  hands-on experience and substantive opportunities in research, policy and legislative analysis, gassroots organization, and issue campaign management.

    2011 Fellows will receive a stipend of $7500 for 10 weeks of work, contingent upon reviews from their host organizations. Please review the frequently asked questions and program information, and contact policyfellowship@google.com with any additional questions.

  • – 2010-12-03 –

    Catch CIPPIC's Director, David Fewer, as he discusses pressing issues in law & technology with Nora Young on CBC's Spark.  Discussions include Canada's most recent attempt to update its Copyright Laws and an upcoming Supreme Court of Canada hearing (in which CIPPIC is intervening) that will decide whether someone can be sued for merely hyperlinking to a webpage containing defamatory materials.

  • – 2010-11-25 –

    [Le français suit l'anglais]


    RULING OF THE BOARD

    In its Notice of November 15, 2010 (the "Notice"), the Board acknowledged as
    objectors the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the Association of
    Canadian Community Colleges, Athabasca University and the British Columbia
    Association of Institutes and Universities.

    The purpose of this Ruling is to identify those who may participate to the
    examination process of the above-referenced proposed tariff as intervenors with full
    participatory rights.

  • – 2010-11-24 –

    CIPPIC, on behalf of its clients, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) has submitted its views to the Copyright Board on its "standing" ruling in the Access Copyright Post-Secondary Tariff Proceeding. CAUT/CFS take the following positions:

  • – 2010-11-19 –

    In an open letter to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, CIPPIC and a number of civil society organizations voice serious concerns with respect to Bill C-29, currently before the House and scheduled for second reading early next week. The Bill, ironically dubbed the 'Safeguarding Canadians' Personal Information Act', proposes a number of amendments to Canada's federal privacy protection statute, PIPEDA. Far from improving privacy, the Bill threatens to erode civil liberties in serious ways. Even where it attempts to improve privacy, it falls short by failing to provide any incentive for compliance.

    The most troubling elements of the Bill pave the way to a dramatic expansion in the ways in which private businesses can be used in investigations against their own customers. While privacy should never be a bar to legitimate investigations of actual wrongs, the law provides mechanisms such as warrants, production orders, mandatory disclosure laws, and discovery processes that ensure investigations can occur with proper safeguards in place. This Bill essentially bypasses all of these safeguards by adding and expanding exceptions that permit organizations to simply give away their customer's information and includes elements evocative of the US PATRIOT Act and all the civil liberties violations that accompanied it.

  • – 2010-11-15 –

    CIPPIC filed its factum in Crookes v. Newton, which will decide the fate of the hyperlink in defamation law.  The case, on appeal from the B.C. Court of Appeal, has raised the issue of whether and under what circumstances posting a hyperlink to online content that contains defamatory statements can amount to publication of that content.  The plaintiff, Crookes, argues that posting a hyperlink draws the reader's attention to any defamatory statements contained in the linked article and this is sufficient to impose liability on the poster of the link.  He argues further that, by nature and convention, by posting a hyperlink the author of an article intends to incorporate the linked content into the original article.

  • – 2010-11-03 –

    The Federal Government is once again attempting to pass a legislative package purportedly aimed at 'updating' investigative techniques in light of developments in technology.  While only two of the three Bills that will make up the latest reincarnation of this package have been introduced so far, past attempts have included serious erosions of civil liberties and a steadfast refusal to make comparable 'updates' to privacy protections.  The legislative package, referred to in the past as 'Lawful Access' or 'Lawful Surveillance', has been carefully calculated to harnass the incredible surveillance powers of new technologies such as the Internet and mobile phones, as well as of the various private intermediary entities that are required for these technologies to function.

  • – 2010-11-02 –

    Bill C-28, the Fighting Internet and Wireless SPAM Act (FISA), referred to Committee a few weeks ago, is now on its way back to the House after one day in Committee.  The Bill is Canada's long awaited and comprehensive response to online hazards such as SPAM and malware.  It will put in place a multi-faceted regime that attempts to address these issues by empowering three distinct regulatory agencies (the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the CRTC, and the Competition Bureau) to investigate and fine individuals and organizations for various new regulatory offences created by the Act.  It additionally provides individuals with a personal right of action to sue others for similar violations.  FISA was first introduced last summer as Bill C-27 (ECPA), at which time it + read more

  • – 2010-11-02 –

    Parliament began debating Bill C-32, the Copyright Modernization Act, today on the floor of the House.  The Bill introduces sweeping reforms, including positive improvements such as exceptions for user generated content and format shifting as well as an expansion of the purposes for which a dealing may be 'fair' under the existing Copyright Act.  However, the Bill includes serious flaws, foremost of which are the protections it offers for digital locks.  These protections threaten to undermine all of the positive additions to the Bill and to expand the scope of Copyright protections well beyond its traditional protection for works of art.  Parliament is expected to refer the Bill to Committee for further debate sometime this week.