Privacy and Personality in the Digital Era

If one’s likeness, name, or voice is objectively valuable, the Court may consider one’s property (Athans v Canadian Adventure Camps (1977), 17 OR (2d) 425, 80 DLR (3d) 583 (HC)). Personality can be considered property in about 20 of the American states, for examples New York, California, Tennessee, Indiana, and New Jersey. Several, including Indiana and California, allow the ...

How much of the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Bill (C-30) is about protecting children?

Bill C-30 was introduced in February 2012 and as some recall, according to the Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews, critics had the choice to “either stand with [the proponents of the bill] or with the child pornographers.” Oddly enough, the name of the bill wasn’t even Protecting Children from Internet Predators at the onset. ...

Silicon, Obviously – Not?

There’s a new article about the fancy things silicon can do when it replaces carbon in a drug molecule, which makes you wonder: Why isn’t it in a drug*? It seems an obvious substitution: Silicon is right under carbon in the periodic table; It has no “element-specific” toxicity associated with it; It forms four tetrahedral ...

Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons: A Canadian Perspective 1

The IP blogosphere is abuzz today over an U.S. Supreme Court hearing, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a case that has the potential to change the landscape of copyright law, and in particular, the first sale doctrine (otherwise known as the exhaustion doctrine). Ronald Mann from SCOTUSBlog has a good overview of the positions ...

Capitol Records LLC v. ReDigi Inc., the applicability of the first sale doctrine to digital music 3

The start-up ReDigi is judicially battling music giant Capitol Records (EMI) over whether digital music can be resold after it has been lawfully purchased. Launched in October 2011, ReDigi bills itself as an online marketplace for second-hand digital material. When users sign up to its service, they are required to download proprietary software which verifies if ...

Licensing Autonomous Cars

This post is about licensing partly autonomous cars. Not legally speaking, autonomous cars are those which can drive themselves without any human input, and partly (or mostly) autonomous cars have reduced human input. They use sensors to provide electronic input to a rapidly interpreting computer, and the computer controls some or all of the car’s ...

Another Patent Infringement Lawsuit: Yahoo vs. Facebook 3

We learned last week that Yahoo has launched a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook. Facebook is alleged to have infringed 10 of the more than a thousand patents Yahoo holds. Here is the list of the patents in question and some details. The 10 patents in question touch on Facebook’s social networking concept, privacy controls, messaging ...

2012 Grafstein Lecture: ”Books, Libraries & The Digital Future”

This year’s 2012 Grafstein Lecture in Communications was delivered last week by Robert Darnton, the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian at Harvard University. His lecture, titled “Books, Libraries & The Digital Future” discussed the digitalization and commercialization of public knowledge. He promotes the creation of a Digital Public Library, which will make the collections of research libraries ...

“Do Not Track” – Recent Developments in Internet Privacy

Fresh off successful efforts to quash the Stop Online Piracy Act, a number of internet companies are turning to consumer privacy issues. Web giants like Google and Facebook have been facing mounting political pressure and popular demands for greater user choice and control over privacy settings. In the forefront of the debate is the proposed ...

Google’s New Privacy Policy: Going Too Far? 1

Anyone who uses one of Google’s multitudes of services recently has been confronted with Google’s new Privacy Policy, which was implemented on the 1st of March. Internet privacy is obviously a major concern for users and governments alike, and this new policy has been met with mixed reaction. Canadian reaction has suggested that it is ...