Tag: copyright piracy

FairPlay copyright blocking proposal: my presentation at the Fordham IP conferenceFairPlay copyright blocking proposal: my presentation at the Fordham IP conference



I had the pleasure to speak at the 26th Annual Fordham Intellectual Property Law & Policy Conference. In my opinion, this is the best IP conference. My topic was

Canada’s Fairplay’s Website-Blocking Plan: What is it and is it consistent with international norms and principles including requirements for proportionality, rights to freedom of expression and principles of net neutrality?

I have written extensively about the proposal including in a lengthy intervention supporting it filed with the CRTC, also available here.

Why the CRTC should endorse FairPlay’s website-blocking plan: a reply to Michael GeistWhy the CRTC should endorse FairPlay’s website-blocking plan: a reply to Michael Geist



The Hill Times published my op-ed on the FairPlay Canada website blocking proposal,  Why the CRTC should endorse FairPlay’s piracy site-blocking plan. The full unedited version, complete with endnote references is below.

Last week Fairplay Canada filed an application with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), asking for a new tool to help Canadian creators to combat online theft of their content by illegal piracy websites. It proposed that the Canada’s telecom regulator create an independent agency to identify websites and services that are “blatantly, overwhelmingly, or structurally engaged in piracy”.

Misinterpreting the IPR 2010 ReportMisinterpreting the IPR 2010 Report



The Intellectual Property Rights Alliance just published its 2010 report reviewing countries’ rankings on various indexes measuring their respect for property rights. The aim of the report was to show the clear link between a country’s respect for property rights and economic prosperity.

According to the report, the link can be seen in all forms of property including intellectual property. Dealing with the latter, the report states:

“The modern economy relies not only on physical property rights but also intellectual property rights (IPRs).