Author Archives: Samuel Trosow

BC Court of Appeal overturns injunction against film critical of Vancouver Aquarium

In a case raising serious implications for documentary filmmakers over freedom of expression, contracts and copyright issues, the British Columbia Court of Appeal has overturned an injunction issued by a lower BC provincial court against the distribution of a documentary film made by the defendant Gary Charbonneau. (Vancouver Aquarium v Charboneau, 2017 BCCA 395) Charbonneau created […]

Michael McNally on the New Spectrum Consultation

Here is a guest post written by Michael McNally (Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, School of Library and Information Studies) about the recently released “Consultation on the Spectrum Outlook 2018 to 2022”: Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada, has recently opened a “Consultation on the Spectrum Outlook 2018 to 2022” (http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf11333.html).  The Consultation document […]

Joint Letter on Bill C-59

Here is the text of the joint public letter that was sent to the federal government about Bill C-59 (An Act respecting national security matters). The bill seeks to respond to Bill C-51. The letter (which I signed) sets out the concerns of over 40 organizations and individuals. It concludes: “We recognize that Bill C-59 […]

EU Court of Justice Issues Ruling on Privacy Rights and International Agreements

In a ruling that should have a significant impact on Canada’s privacy policies, the European Court of Justice (Opinion 1-15, July 26, 2017) has held that  the agreement between Canada and the EU on the transfer of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data cannot be concluded because it violates fundamental privacy rights recognized by the EU […]

Communication to London City Council on NAFTA

There as an item on the London City Council agenda for this coming Tuesday July 25, 2017. It includes a recommendation from the Corporate Services Committee (22nd Report, Item #13): “That the Government of Canada BE SUPPORTED by the City of London by providing information, data, and analysis to inform any trade negotiations with the […]

Douez v Facebook: Implications for Canadian Information Policy

Today I made a presentation for Lou D’Alton’s Information Policy class (LIS 9130 in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at UWO) entitled Douez v Facebook: Implications for Canadian Information Policy. I’ve posted the slides here. I believe the decision has important implications beyond the validity of the forum selection clause that was at […]

Submission to NAFTA Consultation

Here is my submission to Global Affairs Canada on the NAFTA Consultation which closes today. (pdf) July 18, 2017 To Global Affairs Canada /Trade Negotiations North America: Thank you for the opportunity to make this submission regarding the development of Canada’s negotiating objectives for the upcoming renegotiation of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). […]

The Internet of Things: Implications for Consumer Privacy under Canadian Law

The Internet of Things: Implications for Consumer Privacy under Canadian Law by Samuel E Trosow, Lindsay Taylor and Alexandrina Hanam Abstract: Much recent attention has focused on the development of what is coming to be known as the Internet of Things (IoT). New digital products and services ranging from “smart” kitchen appliances, home heating/lighting/security systems […]

SCC Rejects Facebook’s “Choice of Forum” Clause Argument

In a welcome development for online consumers who are often forced to give up important legal rights in click-wrap license agreements, the Supreme Court of Canada has just issued its decision in Douez v. Facebook Inc. (2017 SCC 33) https://www.canlii.org/…/…/doc/2017/2017scc33/2017scc33.html In rejecting Facebook’s claim that the forum selection clause in its terms of service preclude […]

Laying the Foundation for Copyright Policy and Practice in Canadian Universities

Lisa Di Valentino will be defending her Ph.D. Dissertation entitled “Laying the Foundation for Copyright Policy and Practice in Canadian Universities” on Tuesday November 29th. The public is invited to her public lecture at 1 pm in 114 North Campus Building on the University of Western Ontario campus. Here is her abstract: Due to significant […]