One of the joys of copyright law is its tendency to produce unexpected and controversial decisions. Blacklock’s Reporter v. Canadian Vintners Association, an October 16, 2015, judgement from Ontario Small Claims Court, qualifies on both counts. The decision might originate with Small Claims but is nonetheless making big waves. What’s the fuss about?
Le 5 novembre 2015, le Centre de recherche en droit, technologie et société a présenté une table ronde qui a fourni un aperçu de la Campagne contre les robots tueurs, de ses principes et préoccupations, ainsi que des récentes avancées qui ont eu lieu aux Nations Unies, concernant notamment le rôle du Canada et les conséquences potentielles des élections fédérales qui viennent d’avoir lieu.
The official release of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a global trade agreement between 12 countries including Canada, the United States, and Japan, has generated considerable confusion over where the Trudeau government stands on the deal. The TPP was concluded several weeks before the October election and the Liberals were careful to express general support for free trade, but refrain from embracing an agreement that was still secret.
La professeure Teresa Scassa a été invitée à l’émission Spark with Nora Young, qui sera diffusée le dimanche 22 novembre 2015, à 14 h, sur les ondes de CBC Radio. Elle abordera avec l’animatrice le sujet des villes intelligentes. Soyez à l’écoute de cette émission qui s’annonce fascinante pour en apprendre davantage de ce qu’il pourrait advenir de la transparence et du droit à la propriété intellectuelle et à la vie privée dans ces villes.
Psychosurgery has a bad name for a good reason. It is often associated with the mid-20th century prefrontal leucotomy (or lobotomy). This procedure garnered its inventor, Egon Moniz, the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1949, and it went on to be applied to thousands of people around the world. In its heyday, the best known promotor of the procedure, Dr. Walter Freeman, travelled widely in his “lobotomobile” performing transorbital lobotomies across the US.
The negotiating phase of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is over. Trade ministers from a dozen countries, representing nearly 40 percent of the global economy, announced the deal in Atlanta in early October. Negotiations took over 5 years, required concessions from everyone and fuelled public controversy. During negotiations, only select industry insiders were privy to secretive information about negotiations, while the rest of us relied on leaks. With the text finally released, the public has only just begun to grapple with the agreement’s complexities. And now comes the hard part: implementation.
Canada has been an early adopter of flexible regulations for limited commercial drone operations. The Canadian Aviation Regulations require all commercial Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV, or “drone”) operators to obtain special permission from Transport Canada before their respective flights. But, in 2014, Transport Canada carved out an exception to this requirement to allow some commercial operations to proceed without the delay. These rules address safety concerns. Other than a brief hat-tip to privacy and a reminder to follow the law, there is no discussion on Transport Canada’s drone webpages or in its rules of the myriad other issues arising from the increasing prevalence of drones in the skies, including privacy, property rights, liability, noise pollution, enjoyment of public space, impact on local businesses, and so on.
On pourrait s’attendre à ce que « Les robots tueurs » soit le titre d’un thriller de science-fiction, mais il s’agit en fait d’un danger bien réel qui pèse sur la sécurité internationale. Une coalition mondiale, dont est membre M. Ian Kerr, professeur à la Section de common law, enjoint les gouvernements du Canada et d’autres pays à interdire l’utilisation d’armes autonomes, qui sont capables de sélectionner et de détruire des cibles sans aucune intervention ou surveillance humaine.
Consumer rights in telecommunications are of growing importance for Canadians, since access to telecommunications services is practically universal in Canada. Telecommunications services are pervasive in the daily lives of Canadians regardless of their socio-economic status. Telecommunications services are more than a consumer service—they serve as an important access point for social and economic participation, public legal education, content creation, and citizen engagement. When consumers experience problems with telecommunications services there is a spillover effect on the other aspects of their lives.