Monthly Archives: April 2012

UWO President asked to reconsider campus ban on activists

In a letter  dated April 17th, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has asked the President of the University of Western Ontario to reconsider a decision to ban two community activists from the Western campus on account of their participation in a demonstration last February. The letter stated that: Advertisements

Access Copyright and AUCC Agree to “Model License”: But what does it Mean?

Access Copyright and AUCC  (Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada) have announced they have agreed to the terms of a model license. The releases, which are substantially similar, indicate the license will cover print and digital formats, the annual cost will be set at $26.00 per FTE per year, and that the term of […]

Australia Law Reform Commission to Consider Expanded Copyright Exceptions

The Australian Law Reform Commission will be looking at new exceptions to copyright infringement for common internet-related activities. Following up on an earlier announcement, and an October 2011 address  by the Attorney-General the draft terms of reference has now been released for public comment: Amongst other things, the ALRC is to consider whether further exceptions […]

Broadcasters File Complaint against CBC for Music Website

The Globe and Mail reported on Thursday  that a coalition of private broadcasters will file a complaint with the CRTC against the CBC because of the music services it is now providing at http://music.cbc.ca/ Billboard has confirmed  that a group of private broadcasters has filed a complaint with the CRTC and with Heritage Minister claiming […]

U.S. Court orders record penalty for fraudulent robocalls

A U.S. Federal Court in New York has ordered a $30 million penalty against a fraudulent robocall operator in an action brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  According to the FTC release the $30 million in fines is by far the largest penalty ever imposed for unlawful calls to consumers who are on the […]

Strike votes in Canadian public libraries

Even after the well publicized strike at the Toronto Public Library has been settled, other Canadian library workers are feeling the pressure and have responded with strike votes. The Regina Leader Post reports that the city’s public library workers voted on April 9th to give their negotiating committee a strike mandate. The workers of the […]

Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

The Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, August 25-27, 2011, convened over 180 experts from 32 countries and six continents to help re-articulate the public interest dimension in intellectual property law and policy. This document records the conclusions from the Congress and is now open for endorsements and comments. Washington Declaration on […]

Public Library Boycott of Random House ebooks

The South Shore Public Library has announced a boycott of ebooks published by Random House due to their unfair pricing policies for ebooks. The CBC reports that the small library system will also seek to expand the boycott into other library systems across Canada. The library has posted an online petition: SOUTH SHORE PUBLIC LIBRARIES […]