Episode 12: The Past, Present and Future of Open Access to Law

May 21, 2019
The free and open access to law movement is committed to providing free and open online access to legal information. This includes case law, legislation, treaties, law reform proposals and legal scholarship. This week’s Lawbytes podcast highlights perspectives on free and open access to law from Australia and Canada, featuring conversations with Professor Graham Greenleaf, the co-founder of AustLII, the Australasian Legal Information Institute, and Xavier Beauchamp-Tremblay, the current CEO of C...
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Episode 11: Reinterpreting Canadian Privacy Law - David Fraser On Cross-Border Data Transfers, the Right to De-Index, and the Facebook Investigation

May 13, 2019
Daniel Therrien, the Privacy Commissioner in Canada, is in the courts battling Google over a right to de-index. He’s calling for order making after Facebook declined to abide by his recommendations. And he’s embarked on a dramatic re-interpretation of the law premised on incorporating new consent requirements into cross-border data transfers. David Fraser, one of Canada’s leading privacy experts, joins the podcast to provide an update on the recent Canadian privacy law developments and their imp...
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Episode 10: Lowdown on Lawsuits - James Plotkin on Copyright Threats, Notices, and Lawsuits

May 06, 2019
Copyright threats and lawsuits against individuals have been around in Canada since 2004, when they were rejected by the federal court. Those threats receded for about a decade, but now they’re back. Copyright notices, litigation threats, settlement demands, and actual lawsuits have re-emerged at the very time that the music and movie industries are experiencing record music streaming revenues in Canada and massive popularity of online video services. James Plotkin, a lawyer with Caza Saikaley i...
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Episode 9: The CRTC Watcher - A Conversation with FRPCs Monica Auer

April 30, 2019
Many Canadians follow telecommunications and broadcast issues at the CRTC from a distance – the cost of wireless services, the speed of their Internet access, the availability of broadcasting choice.  Others engage more closely on issues such as net neutrality, Cancon regulation, or Netflix taxes.  But there is one Canadian who doesn’t just follow the CRTC.  She watches it through the use of access to information laws that present a perspective on the CRTC that would otherwise remain hidden from...
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Episode 8: LawBytes Lecture - What the Canadian Experience Teaches About the Future of Copyright Reform

April 22, 2019
In late March of this year, I travelled to Canberra, Australia to deliver a keynote address at the Australian Digital Alliance’s 2019 Copyright Forum. The ADA is a leading voice on copyright issues in Australia and its annual Copyright Forum brings together government, creators, education, libraries, and the broader public to explore copyright issues. This week’s Law Bytes lecture podcast features a recording of my address, which...
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