Episode 24: A Tribute to Ian Kerr

September 16, 2019

The first episode of the new season of the Lawbytes podcast is dedicated to my good friend and colleague Ian Kerr, a giant in the law and technology field, who passed away on August 27th after battling complications arising from cancer. The episode features five clips that each call attention to different strengths. Ian reading from Carl Sagan opens the episode, highlighting Ian’s innate ability to bridge disciplines and reach a wide audience. The episode also features two house of commons commi...

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Episode 23: The WIPO BRIP Database - Rick Shera on the MEGA Experience and the Dangers of False IP Claims

August 06, 2019

The last episode of Season One of the Lawbytes podcast (new episodes will resume in September) returns to WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization and its proposed BRIP database. The BRIP database, which stands for Building Respect for Intellectual Property, will be a database of allegedly infringing websites. The BRIP database currently envisions the possibility of lobby groups such as the movie and music associations inserting sites in the database with no oversight, no review, and n...

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Episode 22: Navigating Intermediary Liability for the Internet - A Conversation with Daphne Keller

July 29, 2019

The question of what responsibility should lie with Internet platforms for the content they host that is posted by their users has been the subject of debate around in the world as politicians, regulators, and the broader public seek to navigate policy choices to combat harmful speech that have implications for freedom of expression, online harms, competition, and innovation. To help sort through the policy options, Daphne Keller, the Director of Intermediary Liability at Stanford's Center for I...

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Episode 21: Why Canada Has Some of the Worlds Highest Wireless Data Prices

July 22, 2019

Canada has a well-earned reputation for some of the highest wireless prices in the world with numerous comparative studies finding that consumers pay relatively high prices for low amounts of data. Rewheel Research, a Finland based consultancy, has been at the forefront of pricing comparisons with extensive analysis of mobile data pricing in countries around the world. Its reports have often...

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Episode 20: Why Canadian Universities Should Get Out of the Patent Game - Richard Gold on Canada’s Failed Research Commercialization Strategy

July 15, 2019

Technology transfer in the university context has emerged as significant policy issue with governments seeking to maximize the benefits of public investment in research at Canadian universities. But what if maximizing commercialization opportunities does not mean prioritizing patents? Professor Richard Gold from McGill University’s Faculty of Law joins the podcast to discuss the failure of patent first strategies and why open science may offer a better path for commercialization success. ...

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