Archive for the ‘Law’ category
That didn't take too long. Bourrie made the right call. Interesting that it took a libel suit to prompt the clarification and apology.
Isn't this interesting: Warren Kinsella has sued Mark Bourrie for libel. I like Kinsella's blog, and he seems a decent guy (although not if you're his enemy) but this action seems a teensy overreaction. Bourrie claims that the "he" in the sentence in question referred to Guite rather than Kinsella, which seems a bit of a stretch. Anyway, even if the statement is false, I'm not sure that it's really damaging, given the the audience of Bourrie's blog.
Canadians who listen to digital music and care about law should read Michael Geist.
In search of a new deep pocket, SOCAN has reformulated Tariff 22 by targeting websites that communicate music to the public. The largest tariff - an astonishing 25 percent of gross revenue - is reserved for sites or services that permit users to select, listen to, or reproduce music for later listening (ie. music download services). By comparison, the top SOCAN tariff for commercial radio stations in Canada is currently 3.2 percent of gross revenue.
Good to see that the WTO Appellate Body upheld the decision on US support for cotton farmers. The WTO web site has lots of information about the findings and conclusions [PDF], if you are interested in learning more than what's reported in the press accounts. This is an important case partly because cotton is a hot issue in WTO negotiations.