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Droit D’auteur en Concurrence: Euro-Excellence C. Kraft

Décidément, l’hiver va être chaud à Ottawa car après les affaires Dell et Rogers, qui seront entendues par la Cour suprême respectivement le 13 et 14 décembre 2006 (voir le dernier billet à ce sujet), voici que concernant l’affaire Euro-excellence c. Kraft Canada, que nous avons déjà également évoquée, les auditions sont prévues, provisoirement du moins, pour le 16 janvier 2007. On peut aussi y voir que ce mercredi 06 septembre, l’appelante a déposé son mémoire, mémoire que voici. Merci aux avocats du dossier, Pierre-Emmanuel Moyse (également Wainwright Fellow à la Faculté de droit . . . [more]

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Crown Copyright Outrage

Tomorrow’s Guardian has an amazing story about a British Government’s proposal to charge for access to legal information, when value has been added to the raw text.

A few juicy quotes:

Firstly, an astounding Crown copyright notice greets the reader: “The Statute Law Database and the material on the SLD website are subject to Crown copyright protection. The Crown copyright waiver that applies to published legislation generally does not apply to SLD because it is a value-added product. Any reuse of material from SLD will be the subject of separate and specific licensing arrangements. No such arrangements have yet been

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Restrictions on Using Public Domain Materials

Hypothetical: A piece of sheet music is published in the United States in 1911; as such, the work is in the public domain. A published version of the sheet music is held by ABC Library in the Mid-Western US, and they appear to be the only source for the music (other copies have disappeared or have been lost over time or are sitting in someone’s attic and not easily available). You want a copy of the public domain music but ABC Library insists you sign an agreement to not further reproduce or digitize the sheet music (their reason apparently . . . [more]

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Constitutional Court Decision on Internet Copyright

Since the Journal officiel website isn’t the easiest to navigate, here is a link to the text of the Constitutional Court’s Décision n° 2006-540 DC du 27 juillet 2006 (Loi relative au droit d’auteur et aux droits voisins dans la société de l’information).

The court upheld new laws on Internet copyright, despite criticising parts of the legislation relating to online music stores. The law was originally aimed at forcing online stores such as Apple’s iTunes to allow songs bought from its store to be played on devices that work with other music stores. The blogosphere has been in full spate, . . . [more]

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« Zidane Il Va Marquer !»

C’est fini! La finale de coupe du monde de soccer qui aurait été vue par plus d’un milliard de personnes, clos un mois de festivités (ou de déceptions selon le cas), un phénomène d’une ampleur telle que le cumul des matches auraient fait perdre 5 milliards US de productivité à travers le monde. La ferveur fut particulièrement vive en France, finaliste, où l’on vénère (je ne crois pas devoir parler au passé) depuis presque quinze ans un joueur nommé « Zidane ». Mais quel lien avec le droit des TI et slaw.ca?

Et bien j’ai reçu à trois reprises, . . . [more]

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Droit D’auteur Et Cour Suprême Du Canada : « One More » ?

Tous les « slawers » ont lu la semaine passée le billet de Simon Chester (et oui, « billet » est la traduction française du mot « post » selon le Grand Dictionnaire de l’Office québécois de la langue française), billet donc sur l’affaire Joyce (Larry Lessig meets the Joyce Estate) où Larry Lessig a décidé d’intervenir.

Cette chronique m’a fait penser à une affaire qui a eut un certain écho ici au Québec, notamment depuis que la Cour suprême du Canada, il y a environ un mois, en a autorisé appel de la décision . . . [more]

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Larry Lessig Meets the Joyce Estate

Much fun though Bloomsday and the Joycean post was, Simon, you missed the deeper legal relevance for Slaw of the entire event.

Curiously, this is best explored in an interesting discussion of how Stephen James Joyce, James Joyce’ grandson who controls the writer’s estate, has used copyright threats to deal with writers and scholars. The article is in this week’s New Yorker – an odd place for an informed discussion of the consequences of lengthening copyright terms But then the New Yorker has long had a reputation for publishing thoughtful pieces on legal issues – Charles Reich and Jeffrey Toobin . . . [more]

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Another Late Copyright Note

From Current Cites:

von Lohmann, Fred. “The Season of Bad Laws, Part 2: Criminal Copyright Infringement, Drug War Style” DeepLinks (25 April 2006). – A draft copyright bill making the rounds in Congress is causing concern. Under the bill, an attempt to infringe copyright would be a criminal offense as would conspiracy to commit infringement. Law enforcement officials would have the “same criminal and civil forfeiture powers used in drug prosecutions,” and wiretapping would be permitted in criminal infringement investigations. Prison terms would be significantly increased for criminal infringement…

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Internet Archive and Copyright

Too late for our Theme Week on copyright but still interesting:

Michael Shamos, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, said archiving like that done by the Internet Archive is “the biggest copyright infringement in the world,” but said it is done in a way “that almost nobody cares about.”
CNEWS (via AP): Internet Archive faces copyright suit

A couple of weeks ago a there was an item in the newsThe NY Times article is good, as is the piece in Law.com. about a lawsuit by a company, Healthcare Advocates, against the Internet Archive for failing to do . . . [more]

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Smelling Copyright

I’d been unaware of the new web-based publication, Law in Firm which was released last week by the Village-Justice portal, and an article by Pierre Breese on the protection of scents by copyright, spring from a January appellate court decision involving Oreal and Bellure. Perfumes are creative works, and their authors are entitled to protectionLest you think that scents are trivial Dr. Alan Hirsch of the Smell and Taste Research Foundation in Chicago claims that women’s bowling scores can be increased 27% by the smell of jasmine..

This follows an earlier Dutch decision in Lancome v. KecofaLancôme . . . [more]

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Johnny Continues to Ignore Copyright

Given that this week’s theme is ‘Copyright’, I went back to a recent article I had read in CIO Insight, in January, by Larry Downes, Associate Dean of the UC-Berkeley School of Information Management and Systems and the author of Unleashing the Killer App and The Strategy Machine.

In the article titled “Why Johnny Can’t Stop Sharing Files”, Larry postulates that: “Copyright is effectively dead, despite the entertainment industry having won the Grokster case—or maybe even, in part, because it did. The consequences of ignoring the that change are dire.

He makes several key points, . . . [more]

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