Supreme Court of Canada to rethink copyright laws on Internet downloads

by Knowlton Thomas

The Supreme Court of Canada will officially take a look at copyright laws and how can they be updated to better reflect material downloads from the internet.

Quoth The Province:

The justices have granted leave to appeal in a case involving music in video game downloads and another brought by the major Internet service providers. They both stem from a 2007 Copyright Board decision setting royalty scales for downloads.

The Federal Court of Appeal refused last fall to review the board's decision and the video game industry and the big service providers went to the Supreme Court. Their cases will be heard alongside a third case pitting composers, authors and music publishers against the big Internet companies over payments for downloading previews.

The courts seem to be dawdling with all of this, but they need to recognize how crucial firm laws on internet downloads are. The problem here is that the courts move more slowly than the technologies they're trying to figure out, making it impossible to reach verdicts that aren't antiquated before they exist.

Oh, Canada.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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