The Costs and Benefits of Copyright: Getting the Facts Straight

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Last week I wrote about ‎the exaggerated and wildly inaccurate claims made by opponents of copyright term extension in Canada regarding the supposed economic losses to the Canadian economy of extending the term of protection from 50 to 70 years. Continue reading “The Costs and Benefits of Copyright: Getting the Facts Straight”

The TPP and Copyright Term Extension: What is the true cost to Canada?

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership seeks to provide greater uniformity and harmonization of regulations among its members as a means of reducing regulatory barriers and facilitating trade. Continue reading “The TPP and Copyright Term Extension: What is the true cost to Canada?”

Copyright Reform: Don’t Play Fast and Loose with Copyright Exceptions

On March 4 another attempt in Hong Kong’s never-ending saga to amend its Copyright Ordinance to bring it into the 21st Century failed with the government announcing that it was withdrawing the Bill after weeks of discussion, debate and protests. Continue reading “Copyright Reform: Don’t Play Fast and Loose with Copyright Exceptions”

Hijacking the Special 301 Process: We will all suffer the consequences

It’s Special 301 season again. This is the time of the year when the US Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) conducts its annual Special 301 reviews on the policies and practices of foreign governments regarding whether they deny adequate and effective protection and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights, and whether there is denial of fair and equitable market access for US products that rely upon IP rights. Continue reading “Hijacking the Special 301 Process: We will all suffer the consequences”