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Submission + - Could the EU Be Preparing To Walk Away From ACTA? (

An anonymous reader writes: Michael Geist has an interesting post in which he makes the case that the European Union may be ready to walk away from the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Pointing to the major remaining areas of disagreement, the growing rift between the U.S. and E.U., and the U.S. decision to cave on anti-circumvention rules, he notes it may be worth considering whether the EU is prepared to walk away from ACTA altogether, leaving the U.S. with a far smaller agreement that cannot credibly claim to set a standard for the G8 or developed world.

Submission + - Canadian Government introduces Copyright Bill

sxmjmae writes: "The Canadian Government introduced Copyright Bill, C-61, today. Bill C-61 contains an anti-circumvention clause that will make it illegal to break digital locks on copyrighted material. People caught downloading music or video files illegally could also be sued for a maximum of $500, but uploading a file to a peer-to-peer network or YouTube could result in lawsuits of $20,000 per file. Action needs to be taken and your voice is needed. Please contact your Member of Parliament now and speak out against it. A nice site to help you out is here."

Submission + - Bill C-61 to amend Canadian Copyright Act (

dmatos writes: The Canadian Minister of Industry, Jim Prentice, has officially introduced his pet project. Bill C-61 aims to reform the Canadian Copyright Act to update it for the digital age. What Bill C-61 will actually do is mimic the worst parts of the US DMCA, criminalizing the circumvention of technological protection measures, as well as the sale, import, and rental of devices capable of doing so.

There are many other subtle changes in the proposed bill. The Industry Canada site has some candy coated summaries of what Bill C-61 is trying to do. What it actually does is cater to content providers, at the expense of Canadian citizens. Say goodbye to all your fair dealings rights should this bill pass.

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