News

  • – 2005-05-17 –
    The Task Force appointed by the federal government to advise it on how to combat spam issued its report today. Among other things, the Task Force recommends new anti-spam legislation with meaningful penalties, new powers for consumers to sue spammers, more resources to government agencies tasked with fighting spam, industry self-regulation, and greater international cooperation to track down and stop those responsible for the floods of unwanted messages clogging Canadians' e-mail inboxes. - Spam Task Force webpage - CIPPIC News Release
  • – 2005-05-13 –
    The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission has decided to regulate voice-over-internet protocol service in the same way that it regulates other voice services, when it is provided and used as local telephone service. Thus, VoIP phone service will be regulated when it is provided by incumbents, but generally not when it is provided by new entrants. Once the local phone market is found to be sufficiently competitive, the CRTC will deregulate. CRTC Decision
  • – 2005-05-11 –
    The draft Access to Knowledge Treaty has been released. Delivering on the promise of last fall's Geneva Declaration on the Future of WIPO, the draft A2K Treaty guarantees the rights of developing nations and user communities, such as archivists, educators and those who provide access to disabled people.
  • – 2005-05-09 –
    Clockwise from top left: Jeremy Schwartz, Shane O'Herlihy, Alina Neventsel, Dixie Ho, Rhoderica ChanFive students from five different law faculties in Ontario, selected from a large pool of applicants, commenced summer internships with CIPPIC today. This is CIPPIC's second summer internship program, open to law students from across the country. This year's interns (Dixie Ho, Rhoderica Chan, Jeremy Schwartz, Shane O'Herlihy, and Alina Neventsel) are from Dalhousie, Ottawa, Queen's, Western, and Windsor universities, respectively.
  • – 2005-05-06 –
    The Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has vacated the FCC\'s Broadcast Flag regulations. In what can only be described as a serious blow to Hollywood, the Court ruled that Congress has not delegated to the FCC the "sweeping authority" the FCC claimed in mandating specific technology in television receivers. - Decision - CIPPIC\'s Broadcast Flag FAQ
  • – 2005-05-05 –
    The Australian government has released an issues paper inviting comments on the treatment of digital technologies under Australian copyright law\'s fair dealing provision. The Australian government seeks submissions on whether Australia should adopt an open ended model similar to the American "fair use" right, or instead rely on specific exceptions tailored to particular dealings.
  • – 2005-04-20 –
    The Federal Court of Appeal heard oral arguments today in the appeal in BMG v. Doe. The Court reserved judgement. At trial, Justice von Finckenstein declined to turn over to the music industry the identities of individuals the industry alleges to have shared music files over the Internet. - CIPPIC\'s Media Advance prior to the appeal - CIPPIC\'s File-sharing Lawsuits Webpage
  • – 2005-04-20 –
    CIPPIC joins the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Statewatch, and others in a major worldwide initiative unveiled today to stop the development of a global registration and surveillance infrastructure. Citing numerous attacks on privacy, freedom of expression and basic human rights, the coalition is calling for an end to the gradual increase in state powers to register, track and profile individuals in the name of the so-called "war on terror". Campaign website.
  • – 2005-04-12 –
    Together with a number of colleagues from the Anonymity project www.anonequity.org headed up by Dr. Ian Kerr of the University of Ottawa, CIPPIC director Pippa Lawson and students Alex Cameron and Catherine Thompson made presentations at this year's Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference held in Seattle, Washington. The theme of CFP2005 was "Panopticon", and the Anonymity project's one-day workshop on "Vanishing Anonymity" was a big hit among attendees.
  • – 2005-04-09 –
    Peter Julian, N.D.P. M.P. for Burnaby-New Westminster, has presented a petition to the House of Commons calling on the government to maintain a balanced approach to copyright revision. The petition is the first of several in an on-going campaign spear-headed by Digital Copyright Canada. CIPPIC supports this initiative, and calls on all Canadians to sign the petition.