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Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Eva Chan 2. Excess Copyright 3. Administrative Law Matters 4. McElroy Law Blog 5. Michael Geist

Eva Chan
A Smartphone Tip for Social Media

Would you like a faster way to type text you often use in your LinkedIn invitations to connect? Or to include hashtags you repeatedly use in a Twitter chat or in your Instagram posts? Or maybe there’s a phrase you…

Excess Copyright
More On Mass Copyright Litigation in Canada – Part II

I have recently been writing about copyright litigation directed at BitTorrent users in Canada which I have been doing since my posting almost exactly seven years ago on September 7, 2011 on Voltage Pictures attempt at that time to launch mass lawsuits against individuals in its Hurt Locker litigation. There have been changes in strategy and changes in several law firms involved on the mass litigation front since then. Two of my recent posts deal with: …

Administrative Law Matters
Summer Reading I: Sossin & Lawrence, Administrative Law in Practice: Principles and Advocacy

As I am slowly getting back to work after the summer break, I thought it might be useful to share with readers some of the books I have been reading over the holidays. Lorne Sossin and Emily Lawrence have produced a very useful text, Administrative Law in Practice: Principles and Advocacy. As the authors describe …

McElroy Law Blog
August 2018 Criminal Law Round-up

As summer draws to a close, there is plenty of news and cases to catch up on in the world of criminal law: Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that he would allocate $25 million to fighting gun violence in Toronto. A portion of the money will be earmarked for Crowns for purposes of bail in gun cases, dubbed ‘bail swat teams.’ Defence lawyer Michael Spratt explains that Crowns already take gun violence very seriously and that the money could be much more effectively spent on increasing community safety through housing, addictions counselling, mental health programs, and so on. …

Michael Geist
Is Copyright Term Extension Still in Play in the New NAFTA?

As Canadian NAFTA negotiations continue in the aftermath of a U.S.-Mexico agreement on a trade deal, the inclusion of a mandated copyright term remains a bit of mystery. The U.S. has long been focused on getting Canada to extend the term of copyright beyond the international treaty standard of life of the author plus 50 years and seems likely to want to do so here. …

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