Copyright is a legal right, existing in many countries, that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights to determine whether, and under what conditions, this original work may be used by others.

EU approves tougher copyright rules!

Reuters just reported that EU governments backed European Commission’s move to protect Europe’s creative industries and that sharing platforms like YouTube and Instagram will have to install filters to prevent users from uploading copyrighted materials and sign licensing agreements with creators to use their work.

Canadian Internet Law

What’s New with PIPEDA and the Privacy Act?

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) is responsible for privacy legislation in Canada for Businesses. OPC oversees compliance with: The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) which affects most Canadian Businesses The Privacy Act which is law for government departments and agencies, and their vendors by default. This is why Sue Sutcliffe suggests … Continue reading “What’s New with PIPEDA and the Privacy Act?”

Canadian Internet Law

THE PATRIOT ACT affects all Canadian Marketers. Beware! [VIDEO 27m14s]

The USA PATRIOT ACT facilitates, among other things, the ability of U.S. authorities to conduct searches and to seize or compel the disclosure of records, which could risk the security of that data and a possible breach of Canadian private sector privacy legislation. According to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, a company … Continue reading “THE PATRIOT ACT affects all Canadian Marketers. Beware! [VIDEO 27m14s]”

Is your Business GDPR compliant? Free webinar

FREE WEBINAR: What every Canadian Small Business Needs to know about GDPR (June 18, 2018 @1pm)

If you have a website that may be accessed by European citizens, you MUST comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or you may be facing heavy fines. FREE WEBINAR TODAY ONLY Monday, June 18, 2018 (1-2pm) EST Join me and get answers to these GDPR questions and more! What is the EU General … Continue reading “FREE WEBINAR: What every Canadian Small Business Needs to know about GDPR (June 18, 2018 @1pm)”

Domain name(s)

The Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) is a process established by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for the resolution of disputes regarding the registration of internet domain names.

When you register a domain name you agree that the name does not infringe upon or violate the rights of any third party and that you agree to participate in an arbitration-like proceeding should a claim be made against you.  A UDRP proceeding must establish three elements to succeed: The domain name is identical or confusingly … Continue reading “The Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) is a process established by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for the resolution of disputes regarding the registration of internet domain names.”

Canadian Internet Law

Are you still paying for TV or do you use a loaded Android box?

One of the questions I get asked most frequently these days is… Are loaded Android boxes legal, and I’m pleased to share what Canadian internet law expert Michael Geist says which is… “Loaded android boxes falls a little bit into that grey area,” You see Canada’s Copyright Act prohibits unauthorized downloading of copyrighted content, but viewers using … Continue reading “Are you still paying for TV or do you use a loaded Android box?”

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CASL (Canada Anti Spam Legislation): 3 things every sender of commercial mail needs to know

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) establishes rules for the sending of commercial electronic messages (CEMs) and the installation of computer programs. CASL also prohibits the unauthorized alteration of transmission data. The rules that apply to CEMs come into force on July 1, 2014 while the rules governing computer programs take effect Jan. 15, 2015, followed by … Continue reading “CASL (Canada Anti Spam Legislation): 3 things every sender of commercial mail needs to know”

Canadian Internet Law

Bill C-11 What Happened and What Comes Next

The Bill C-11 legislative committee concluded its clause-by-clause review yesterday as eight government amendments were added to the bill and all opposition amendments were defeated. The amendments included an expanded enabler provision and some modest tinkering to other elements of the bill. There are still several steps needed before the bill passes including third reading … Continue reading “Bill C-11 What Happened and What Comes Next”

Canadian Internet Law

SOPA and PIPA is NOT just an American thing!

The Senate begins voting on January 24th on two bills before Congress now; PIPA (Protect IP Act) PIPA and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) that many experts say is a threat to privacy… ❝The consensus among many experts, internet users, web companies and even the White House, is that SOPA is too restrictive, too dangerous, too complicated and too … Continue reading “SOPA and PIPA is NOT just an American thing!”

Canadian Internet Law

The Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act (AODA) became law on June 13, 2005

The Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act became law on June 13, 2005 and is making the Province of Ontario accessible by the year 2025, mandating rules that businesses and organizations will have to follow. Standards are in place for customer service now, and others including; transportation, employment, the built environment, information and communcations will … Continue reading “The Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act (AODA) became law on June 13, 2005”

Canadian Internet Law

PIPEDA: An Executive Summary

PIPEDA (Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act) requires that organizations covered by the Act adhere to its ten basic principles: (source: http://www.privcom.gc.ca/information/guide_e.asp) Accountability – an organization must clearly identify a person within that organization who is their in-house PIPEDA compliance officer. This individual will re responsible for ensuring that the organization in is continual … Continue reading “PIPEDA: An Executive Summary”