Microsoft appeals court ban on selling Word with emergency motion

Microsoft late Tuesday warned of "massive disruptions" to sales of Office, as well as to partners such as Best Buy, Dell and Hewlett-Packard, if the injunction that prevents it from selling Word 2003

Published on: August 20th, 2009 Gregg Keizer

Workaround could help Microsoft sidestep injunction in patent case

Microsoft Corp. can likely use an "easy technical work-around" to sidestep a recent injunction by a Texas federal judge that bars the company from selling Word, a patent attorney said today.The ruing against

Published on: August 17th, 2009 Gregg Keizer

Canada’s copyright conundrum — how to balance rights of creators and consumers

Canada's copyright stakeholders agree that our legislation is badly out of date and needs to be updated to reflect the modern, digital realities while striking a fair balance between the rights of creators

Published on: August 10th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Student to declare bankruptcy after $675,000 music piracy fine

In a major victory for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), a federal jury one week ago fined Boston University student Joel Tenenbaum $675,000 for illegally downloading and distributing 30 copyrighted songs.

Published on: August 10th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Canada in dire need of copyright law reform, says musicians’ group

Canada's government has opened the door for consultations on copyright reform and reignited the debate on digital locks or digital rights management (DRM) and whether it's ever okay to tamper with it. Digital

Published on: July 29th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Woman appeals ‘monstrous’ $1.92 million fine in copyright case

The woman ordered to pay $1.92 million in fines for illegally distributing 24 copyrighted songs said she will appeal, and called the June 18 jury verdict "excessive, shocking and monstrous." In a 13-page

Published on: July 10th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Woman fined $1.92 million for sharing music files over Kazaa

A woman who won a retrial after a $220,000 verdict against her for sharing music files has now been ordered to pay $1.92 million by a jury in Minnesota. In 2007, when she

Published on: June 22nd, 2009 Nancy Gohring and Jaikumar Vijayan

Conference Board of Canada recalls copyright piracy reports, admits plagiarism

Admitting that they plagiarized, the Conference Board of Canada has withdrawn a trio of reports on copyright piracy in Canada, despite initially defending the research.The reports Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Economy;

Published on: May 29th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Canadian piracy report plagiarized, says Internet law expert

A Conference Board of Canada report that paints a picture of Canada as a land of copyright pirates is itself tainted by plagiarism, according to one of Canada's top experts on Internet law.

Published on: May 26th, 2009 Brian Jackson

“Secret negotiations” could lead to your laptop being seized for file sharing

You're returning to the U.S. from a quick trip to Canada. A customs official says he wants to examine your laptop. You boot it for him and he finds (gasp!) a bootlegged copy

Published on: May 19th, 2009 Bill Snyder

Blogger who streamed Guns N’ Roses tracks may be jailed

A man who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of illegally uploading and streaming nine pre-release Guns N' Roses tracks from his Web site last June could face up to six months in

Published on: March 19th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Wading through the murky legal waters of working with freelancers

Consider this: You're an executive at a small proprietary software firm called GoGetter Software. Your only product is GoGetter 1.0, which your employees developed over two and half years. At a trade show,

Published on: February 10th, 2009 John P. Hutchins

Interview with a pirate – The Pirate Bay breaks media silence

The Pirate Bay (TPB), one of the world's biggest torrent tracker sites, found itself embroiled in controversy last month, when a link to a torrent containing photographs of a grisly child murder in

Published on: October 16th, 2008 Sumner Lemon

Canadian groups oppose government move towards “US-style” digital copyright laws

A broad alliance of Canadian consumer advocacy groups is deeply concerned the Feds may be poised to introduce legislation that mirrors U.S. digital copyright laws, which severely limit consumer rights.Coalition members include the

Published on: June 9th, 2008 Nestor Arellano