A US judge rejected a proposed $125 million class-action settlement between Google and book publishers and authors on Tuesday, complicating the company’s attempt to create stronger ties with media companies. According to Google, “This agreement has the potential to open-up access to millions of books that are currently hard to find in the U.S. today.” However, US District Court Judge Denny Chin said the deal was “not fair, adequate and reasonable,” and that it would have allowed Google to profit on books without getting the permission of the publisher. Read the rest of this entry »
The Federal Trade Commission, consumer advocates, and some legislators have been considering online privacy for years, but the issue has been increasingly in the forefront. The FTC released a “Do Not Track” Proposal in December, and several media sources have focused on the issue recently. The Wall Street Journal ran a series last summer entitled “What They Know”, which revealed that many websites install tracking tools on users’ computers Read the rest of this entry »
The Google Doodle is a themed version of the Google logo which appears on the main page of the Google search engine. Originally reserved for special occasions, it now changes daily and Google has a permanent staff devoted to designing new Doodles. Today, the USPTO granted a patent application for the Doodle that was filed in 2001. The patent covers a system whereby a company logo is updated periodically and clicking on the logo takes a user to appropriate search results.
AT&T has just announced on Sunday a definitive agreement with Deutsche Telekom to acquire T-Mobile USA for $39 billion in cash and stocks. The deal has been approved by the Board of Directors of both companies, but will now have to answer to the American regulators, the FCC and DOJ. If the merger receives regulatory approval, the new entity is set to become the largest wireless service provider in the US, with approximately 125 million subscribers, outracing its nearest rival, Verizon’s 95 million. This would dramatically change the field of competition for mobile phone customers. Read the rest of this entry »
The anti-circumvention, or digital lock, provisions are arguably the most controversial aspect of Bill C-32. Arguments on both sides of the debate dominate the dicussion of the proposed amendments to the Copyright Act. In this article, I suggest a different way of looking at the problem of technological protection measures and an approach to legal protection of digital locks on content that respects user expectations while leaving substantial control to copyright holders.
Microsoft, concerned with the effects of software piracy on jobs and profits, is lobbying the Washington state legislature for stricter anti-piracy legislation. The proposed legislation would create a cause of action by making manufacturing companies liable for damages. It would also give companies and the state attorney general the right to file for Read the rest of this entry »
Great music knows no boundaries, especially pirated music. Canada’s Social Science Research Council has just released the first independent, large-scale study of media piracy and enforcement in emerging economies, focusing on Brazil, Bolivia, India, Mexico, Russia and South Africa. Read the rest of this entry »
The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology met again last week to discuss and review concerns surrounding usage-based billing. The decision granted by the CRTC has been met with strong opposition from Industry Minister Tony Clement, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper also taking the unusual step of intervening in the ever-mounting debate of Internet billing. Read the rest of this entry »
On February 17, the CILP and the TIP Group hosted a talk by University of Toronto’s alumnus Alex Kenjeev entitled “How my JD made me an entrepreneur”. Read about Kenjeev’s talk on the Faculty of Law’s website here: Alumnus Alex Kenjeev – “How my JD made me an entrepreneur”. We’ve also reposted the write-up from the website below: Read the rest of this entry »