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Piracy in Canada: We Don’t Have a Lawlessness Problem But a Competition Problem

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) has requested me to prepare a Report in connection with the application by the FairPlay Coalition to the CRTC and its proposed website-blocking mechanism. PIAC asked me to assess the Applicants’ claims in light

Posted in Antitrust / Competition Law, Blog, Copyright, Stationers

The Copyright Board of Canada: A Regulator Lacking a Theory of Regulation

I appeared today before the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, in the course of its study of the operation and practices of the Copyright Board of Canada. Here is my testimony:

Posted in Antitrust / Competition Law, Blog, Copyright, Copyright Collectives, Stationers

Why Tariffs Aren’t Mandatory: Now the Factum

Yesterday, McGill’s Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and I filed a joint Intervener Factum in the CBC v SODRAC case before the Supreme Court of Canada. The Court granted us leave to intervene with respect to the question of whether tariffs

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Attack Ads, Copyright, and Collusion: Have Canada’s Major Broadcasters Violated the Competition Act?

Last week reports emerged that the Government is considering a new copyright exception for political advertising. The reports suggested that the exception would permit the use of news content by political parties without authorization. While most of the media coverage

Posted in Antitrust / Competition Law, Blog, Copyright

STM’s “Open Access” Licenses: Extend, Embrace, and Extinguish

Authors Alliance recently joined a coalition of research, science, and education organizations that called on the Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) to withdraw a set of New Model Licenses for purportedly “open access” publishing. Beyond the flaws

Posted in Antitrust / Competition Law, Blog, Copyright, Stationers
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