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Sometimes Slacking Off Can Change the World

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada Politics
Nikolas Badminton

The Occupy Movement was wholly underwhelming, and the Kony campaign seemed like a good idea, but an unclear mix of actions didn't lead to much. These sorts of campaigns made me angry, but in Iceland and in the United States, there are examples of how "slacktivism" can actually lead to change

Are the Canadian Digital Lock Rules Unconstitutional?

Michael Geist | Posted 08.27.2012 | Canada Politics
Michael Geist

The House of Commons may have passed Bill C-11, but the constitutional concerns with the copyright bill and its digital lock rules will likely linger for years. Many experts believe that the government's decision to adopt one of the most restrictive digital lock approaches in the world. And guess what? It's vulnerable to constitutional challenge.

The Secret Meetings That Locked Down Canadian Copyright

Michael Geist | Posted 08.14.2012 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

The Motion Picture Association - Canada reports meeting with Canadian Heritage Minister, Foreign Minister, and Industry Canada Senior Associate Deputy Minister all on the same day. These meetings occured less than three weeks after the introduction of Bill C-11 and the decision to sign the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Ministers were willing to meet with the top U.S. copyright lobby group, but not with Canadian creator, consumer, or education groups who offered a much different perspective on legislative reform.

Suggested Amendments Crushed, Copyright Bill Incoming

CBC | Posted 05.14.2012 | Canada Politics

A bill that will update Canada's copyright laws is heading back to the House of Commons with amendments as early as Thursday morning — ...

A Brave New Blindness

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 04.24.2012 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

@Vikileaks30 isn't only smear -- it's insulting to the very Canadians its creator supposedly intended to protect. Thanks to this person, Toews' mistress and their love-child have been subjected to a level of embarrassment to which no Canadian should be subjected. Does it demonstrate the level of privacy Bill C-30 might violate? Possibly -- but it came at the cost of people who had nothing to do with it.

European Protesters Unite Against ACTA

CP | Vanessa Gera, The Associated Press | Posted 04.12.2012 | Canada Business

WARSAW, Poland - Protesters took to the freezing cold streets of Berlin, Helsinki and many other European cities Saturday to voice anger at an interna...

Canadians Speak Out Against Digital Locks. But Who's Listening?

Michael Geist | Posted 04.11.2012 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

The second reading debate on new copyright legislation Bill C-11 will conclude today. Canadians have been speaking out on copyright reform in general and digital locks in particular for years with widely held views, but will the government listen with the bill now headed to committee for further hearings?

Occupy Davos?

Jim Harris | Posted 03.28.2012 | Canada Business
Jim Harris

"Severe income disparity" is the most likely risk facing business and political leaders according to the World Economic Forum's Global Risk 2012 Report. This finding really caught me by surprise. So while the Occupy movement isn't anywhere on the agenda, here at Davos, its impact has been very much felt.

Why a SOPA Version of the Canadian Copyright Bill Could Target YouTube

Michael Geist | Posted 03.26.2012 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

The Business Coalition for Balanced Copyright has already expressed concern with the Bill C-11 digital lock rules. Turning Bill C-11 into a Canadian SOPA would only make matters worse, creating a legal framework that would harm Canadian business and consumers.

What If SOPA Came to Canada?

Michael Geist | Posted 03.24.2012 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

While SOPA may be dead (for now) in the U.S., lobby groups are likely to intensify their efforts to export SOPA-like rules to other countries. With Bill C-11 back on the legislative agenda at the end of the month, Canada will be a prime target for SOPA-style rules.

SOPA: A Warning to Canada Lawmakers

Michael Geist | Posted 03.21.2012 | Canada Politics
Michael Geist

As last night's Republican debate showed, even right-wingers are opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). All of this raises the question of whether the federal government's approach and the reactions to Bill C-11 will be consistent with the U.S. trend. The devil, however, is in the details.

IN PHOTOS: Websites Go Dark

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.18.2012 | Canada

More than 7,000 websites — including Wikipedia and Google — went dark Jan. 18 to protest anti-piracy legislation currently making its way through ...

What U.S. Web Piracy Bills Mean For You

CBC | Posted 03.19.2012 | Canada Politics

Some of the best-known sites on the internet, including Wikipedia, are going offline today in a "Dark Wednesday" protest against legislati...

Black Wednesday: In Protest of SOPA, Darken the Web

Michael Geist | Posted 03.19.2012 | Canada Politics
Michael Geist

Some of the Internet's leading websites, including Wikipedia and Mozilla, will go dark today to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The U.S. bills have generated massive public protest over proposed provisions that could cause enormous harm to the Internet and freedom of speech.

SOPA: All Your Internets Belong to U.S.

Michael Geist | Posted 01.16.2012 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

Stop Online Piracy Act's potential impact on the Internet is enormous as it cuts across the lifeblood of the Internet in the effort to target websites that are characterized as being "dedicated to the theft of U.S. property." Experts believe this standard could capture hundreds of legitimate websites and services.