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Developments in Computer, Internet and E-Commerce Law (2013-2014)

June 5th, 2014

 

Earlier today, I gave my annual presentation to the Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group on developments in Computer, Internet, and e-commerce Law. The slides cover the period from my last presentation in June 2013, Developments in Computer, Internet and E-Commerce Law (2012-2013).

The cases summarized in the slides below canvass developments in a number of countries and include cases from Canada, United States, and the EU.

CANADA

Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401 2013 SCC 62

(AOM) NA Inc. et al v. Reveal Group, 2013 ONSC 8014

Copyright law 2013: the year in review

January 17th, 2014

Yesterday, I gave a talk at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s 18h Annual Intellectual Property Law: The Year in Review program. My talk canvassed developments in copyright in Canada, the US and UK in 2013. My slides are shown below. The associated paper prepared in collaboration with Glen Bloom, with the help of others, is available here.

The following copyright cases from Canada, the USA, and UK are dealt with in the slides. The paper has additional Canadian cases.

CANADA

(AOM) NA Inc. et al v. Reveal Group, 2013 ONSC 8014

Cinar Corporation v. Robinson, 2013 SCC 73

CASL – An FAQ

November 7th, 2013

Earlier today, I had the pleasure of attending a conference of the Barreau de Montreal on the subject of Canada’s anti-spam/spyware law (CASL). I was on a panel with Bill Abbott , Senior Legal Counsel, Legal Affairs, Bell Canada, Lynne Perrault , Director of the Division of Enforcement of electronic commerce, with the CRTC, and Stephanie Rich, Assistant General Counsel, protection of privacy and ethics, Aimia.

My talk was titled Canada’s anti-spam law – An FAQ. My slides are set out below. Let me know how many questions you know for certain you got right and how many you were unsure of.

IT.CAN conference highlights

October 27th, 2013

Last week, the Canadian IT Law Association held its Seventeenth Annual Canadian IT Law Conference. IT.CAN is Canada’s premier organization for IT law professionals. It had a very good attendance from both in-house and private practice lawyers.

I spoke at the session on Complex IT Service Agreements, on a panel with Jay Safer from IBM, and Amy Lynne Williams from Deeth Williams Wall. it was moderated by Fraser Mann.

There were some very interesting topics in the program. The highlights for me were the following:

UGC under Canadian copyright law: does the exception conform to international law?

October 10th, 2013

IP Osgoode held a symposium today on the topic of User Generated Content under Canadian Copyright Law. I had the pleasure to speak on the topic “Is the UGC exception in conformity with international treaty standards?” My slides are set out below. Videos of the presentation are available at the IPOsgoode site.

Using social networking in business development

October 1st, 2013

Yesterday, I gave a speech at the Ontario Bar Association’s TECHxpo 2013. My talk was titled Ethical and Efficient Ways to Use Social Networking in Business Development. My slides are set out below and can also be accessed on Slideshare. Note the last slide which has links to guidelines on the use of social media from law societies around the world.

Canada’s anti-spam law and universities

September 30th, 2013

Contrary to a popular misconception, Canada’s anti-spam law (CASL) will apply to Canadian universities. Unlike universities and charities in other countries like Australia that have specific exemptions,  CASL will impose significant burdens on these organizations even though they are the least likely offenders and have very constrained resources, making compliance even more difficult for them.

U.S. Federal Circuit Bar Association IP conference coming to Toronto

September 10th, 2013

The U.S. Federal Circuit Bar Association is holding an IP conference in Toronto on September 17, 2013. The conference title is Trade, Intellectual Property and Recovering Economies: A Search for Best Practices. 

This unique event, sponsored by the Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA), has a fabulous program that includes the following topics:

  • Innovation
  • Patent, Internet and Copyright Litigation
  • International Trade
  • Views from the Courts and the Patent Offices

Some key speakers include the following:

  • Chief Judge Randall R. Rader – United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Developments in Computer, Internet and E-Commerce Law (2012-2013)

June 27th, 2013

Earlier today, I gave my annual presentation to the Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group on developments in Computer, Internet, and e-commerce Law. The slides cover the period from my last presentation in June 2012, Developments in Computer, Internet and E-Commerce Law (2011-2012).

The cases summarized in the slides below canvass developments in a number of countries and include cases from Canada, United States, UK, Ireland, Australia, and Israel.

CANADA

1004964 Ontario Inc. v. Aviya Technologies Inc., 2013 ONSC 51

A.B. v. Bragg Communications Inc., 2012 SCC 46

Acanac Inc. v. M.N.R., 2013 TCC 163

Blizzard v. Simpson, 2012 ONSC 4312

Representations, warranties and indemnities in IT transactions

June 19th, 2013

Yesterday, Helen Aston and I spoke at IT.Can’s The 2003 Information Technology Law Spring Forum. Our topic was Representations, Warranties and Indemnities (in IT transaction) – A Primer. The slides we used as a conversation starter are shown below.