Category: contracts

CRTC Issues CASL (Canada’s Anti-Spam Law) Guidelines, background and commentaryCRTC Issues CASL (Canada’s Anti-Spam Law) Guidelines, background and commentary



Last week the CRTC released its first two “information bulletins” intended to help businesses in interpreting CASL and the CRTC’s regulations under CASL. While certain of the Commission’s interpretations are helpful, some are troublesome as they would impose new requirements not contemplated either by the statute or the CRTC’s own regulations. They would necessitate costly compliance, which would particularly affect small and medium-sized businesses and mobile digital commerce.

Under the Commission’s interpretation of its regulations and the related provisions of CASL, among other things:

  • Users should be given the opportunity to unsubscribe from all messages from the sender, not merely CEMs.

Are “browse wrap” agreements enforceable after the Century 21 v Rogers Communications case?Are “browse wrap” agreements enforceable after the Century 21 v Rogers Communications case?



Last fall, the BC Supreme Court canvassed in great detail whether “web wrap” also known as “browse wrap” agreements are potentially enforceable. Earlier today, I gave a talk at the Law Society of Upper Canada that summarized the conclusions and reasoning of the court in the Century 21 Canada Limited Partnership v. Rogers Communications Inc., 2011 BCSC 1196 case. My slides from the talk are shown below.  They also summarize numerous other cases that examine the enforceability of click wrap and web wrap agreements.

Developments in Computer, Internet and E-Commerce Law (2011-2012)Developments in Computer, Internet and E-Commerce Law (2011-2012)



Here are the slides used in my presentation to the Toronto Computer Lawyers Group earlier today, The Year in Review: Developments in Computer, Internet and E-Commerce Law (2011-2012). It covers significant developements since my talk last spring, Developments in Computer, Internet and E-Commerce Law (2010-2011).

The slides include a summary of the following cases:

Kraft Real Estate Investments, LLC v Homeway.com, Inc. 2012 WL 220271 (D.S.Car. Jan 24, 2012)

Swift v. Zynga Game Network, Inc., 805 F.Supp.2d

Website terms, copyright used to shut down real estate data scraping in Century 21 v RogersWebsite terms, copyright used to shut down real estate data scraping in Century 21 v Rogers



You can always tell when you are about to read a good case by its opening paragraph. The decision of the BC Supreme Court in Century 21 Canada Limited Partnership v. Rogers Communications Inc., 2011 BCSC 1196  doesn’t disappoint. It begins as follows:

The ability of the law to adapt is part of its strength. Technological innovation tests that resilience. This case considers that ability as claims for breach of contract, trespass to chattels and copyright infringement meet the Internet.