Tech piracy can fuel innovation, says former pirate radio DJ

Frowned upon by the establishment, reviled by large music companies and hunted down by the police, today's tech pirates, in a way, have much in common with their seafaring counterparts of old. However,

Published on: May 26th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

iPod tax supported by groups that would receive money

Copyright holders' groups have been quick to support extension of a levy that would raise the price of mp3 players sold in Canada and see more money flow into their coffers. The Alliance

Published on: March 25th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Google, Viacom slug it out over YouTube video clips

If you love an old-fashioned courtroom battle with a new media twist, the Google vs. Viacom copyright-infringement case makes for great entertainment. This lengthy (and particularly pissy) quarrel, which dates back to 2007,

Published on: March 22nd, 2010 Jeff Bertolucci

Start your own Internet radio station without spending a dime

If you're the kind of person who insists on handpicking a road-trip playlist rather than just setting your music player to shuffle, you were born for radio, baby. Fortunately, you don't have to

Published on: March 5th, 2010 Patrick Miller

Secret draft treaty holds ISPs responsible for copyright violations online

The U.S., Canada and other European countries are secretly drawing up rules designed to crack down on copyright abuse on the Internet, in part by making ISPs liable for illegal content, according to

Published on: February 23rd, 2010 Paul Meller

Conference Board of Canada issues new, balanced copyright report

The Conference Board of Canada has issued a report on intellectual property that offers a balanced, non-partisan look at technology issues including digital locks and private copying. Most importantly, it isn't plagiarized. Last

Published on: February 17th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Web wars – cybersquatting more prevalent than ever

When the Web site FreeLegoPorn.com began publishing pornographic images created with Lego toys, trademark owner Lego Juris AS, which sells the popular plastic building blocks for children, acted quickly."The content available on the

Published on: September 15th, 2009 Robert L. Mitchell

Canada’s copyright reform may be delayed by snap election

A Fall federal election would delay any copyright reform bill, but wouldn't entirely derail the work done by the Conservative government's public copyright consultation. Dont' miss our three-part video round table discussion on

Published on: September 10th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Microsoft wins reprieve – can continue selling Word for now

A federal appeals court granted Microsoft's request to suspend an injunction that would have barred the company from selling its Word software next month.In a short order filed late last week, the Court

Published on: September 8th, 2009 C.G. Lynch

iPod tax would ‘include exemptions’ for disabled, business groups

An iPod levy in Canada, if imposed, would have exemptions for the impaired and others who don’t copy music to recordable media, says a director the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC). See the

Published on: September 4th, 2009 Brian Jackson

iPod tax debate – Who should tell Canadians about the levy? Part 2 of 3

Canadians are obliged to inform themselves of a levy paid to copyright holders every time they purchase a blank CD, minidisc, or cassette tape, says a director with the Canadian Private Copying Collective

Published on: September 3rd, 2009 Brian Jackson

Web hosting firms fined $32 million for supporting copyright violation

In what's being called a landmark decision, a federal jury in California has found two Web hosting companies and their owner liable for contributing to trademark and copyright infringement for hosting sites selling

Published on: September 3rd, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Should Canada impose an iPod levy? Copyright experts debate issue

Canadians are copying their private music collection on to their iPods and should pay a levy to compensate musicians properly for that act, according to a director at the Canadian Private Copying Collective

Published on: September 2nd, 2009 Brian Jackson

Dell, HP back Microsoft’s appeal against Word ban

Dell Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co., the world's two largest computer makers, have sided with Microsoft in its appeal of a ban that would block Word sales in the U.S. The two companies warned

Published on: September 1st, 2009 Gregg Keizer