GRAFSTEIN LECTURE- Prof. Radin on Boilerplate – Monday (March 21) at 5 p.m.

The Centre for Innovation Law and Policy invites you to The 2011 Grafstein Annual Lecture in Communications by Professor Margaret Jane Radin, Henry King Ransom Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School, William Benjamin Scott & Luna M. Scott Professor of Law, emerita, Stanford University and currently Affiliate of the Centre for Innovation for Innovation ...

The Private market in online privacy services and the emergence of data as an asset class

One of the most common concerns arising out of the use of the internet is privacy. The use and interaction with online materials provides opportunities for marketers to surreptitiously collect data and sell it to advertisers looking to target certain consumer groups.

Supreme Court of Canada Will Lead Technology Law in 2011

In an interesting piece in today’s Toronto Star, Michael Geist asserts that the Supreme Court of Canada will be the main source of action in Canadian technology law in 2011. This is partially because of the possibility of an election, in which case a number of current bills, on subjects including privacy, copyright and lawful ...

Internet Monopolies

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article describing how the natural efficiencies of large networks can yield an undesirable long term outcome: the monopolization of the internet by a small number of firms. The article draws comparisons to earlier technological monopolies. If the internet is inf fact moving into a similar age of monopolistic ...

UN Treaty against Biopiracy adopted in Japan

As reported by IP-Watch (http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/2010/10/29/compromise-un-protocol-treaty-against-biopiracy-adopted-in-japan/), in Nagoya Japan, members of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity adopted an international treaty to help ensure that benefits from using genetic resources are more fairly shared with their source country.  The Access and Benefit Sharing Protocol or “Nagoya Protocol,” will presumably work to combat “bio-piracy.” Biopiracy is ...

U.S. considering new online privacy regulations

The U.S. Commerce Department and the Federal Trade Commission are preparing independent reports on online privacy regulatory measures, which will be considered by the government. The agencies are likely to advocate different approaches, from a laissez-faire self-regulation based on agreements between users and websites, to binding “do not track” lists which would regulate online privacy ...

In Praise of Copying

A York University English professor is convinced that copying is good for society. In his new book, In Praise of Copying, Professor Marcus Boon argues that copying is necessary for the advancement of society and has long contributed to cultural progress. Boon asserts that the philosophical concept of copying is still poorly understood and must ...

Microsoft sues Motorola over Android Phones

Microsoft is suing Motorola saying that Motorola phones that use Google Inc.’s Android software infringe some of Microsoft’s smart-phone patents. Email synchronization, calendar and contacts are some of the functions in question. Motorola had licensed some of the technology from 2003 to 2007 and had failed to renew the licenses despite continuing to use the technology.

Access Copyright proposes costly new licencing scheme

In a recent article for the Toronto Star Michael Geist reported that Access Copyright is proposing a new licencing scheme to cover copying and course packs at post secondary institutions. Access Copyright is a copyright collective licences copying and course packs across the country. The proposal would see the fee set at $45 per university ...

Conservatives seeking allies in drafting of new copyright legislation

The Globe and Mail reports that the Conservatives are “actively looking to recruit allies across the Commons floor” to support and help shape the proposed copyright legislation. The bill is expected to be introduced later this week and reportedly will, among other things, make it a crime  to pick “digital locks” attached to media files. ...