The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 1: Canada’s Current Copyright Law Provides Effective Anti-Piracy Tools

Feb 12 16:02 2018 Print This Article

The Bell coalition’s website blocking proposal has sparked a huge public outcry, with thousands of Canadians submitting interventions to the CRTC opposing a plan premised on website blocking without direct court involvement. I have written several posts on the issue – a general assessment on why it is a terrible idea, a closer look at the economic reality of the Canadian film and television sector, and a discussion of Bell’s inconsistent comments to the CRTC vs. business analysts – but the case against the radical plan merits a closer look at both the evidence and the legal arguments. With this post, I begin a new series that will make the case against the Bell coalition’s website blocking plan.

The series begins with the initial response to the plan from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, who stated:

Read More

About Article Author

Michael Geist

Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He has obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a Doctorate in Law (J.S.D.) from Columbia Law School. Dr. Geist is a syndicated columnist on technology law issues with his regular column appearing in the Toronto Star, the Hill Times, and the Tyee. Dr. Geist is the editor of several copyright books including The Copyright Pentalogy: How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law (2013, University of Ottawa Press), From “Radical Extremism” to “Balanced Copyright”: Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda (2010, Irwin Law) and In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law (2005, Irwin Law), the editor of several monthly technology law publications, and the author of a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Kroeger Award for Policy Leadership and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2010, the Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Ontario Library Association in 2009, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 2008, Canarie’s IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada and he was named one of Ca

Related Items

How to find stocks that are financially solid

A strong balance sheet helps good stocks measure up. (Flickr) What are we looking for? Canadian stocks that show strong balance sheet characteristics The screen  If you were given the offer to buy out a company, you likely wouldn’t accept without first doing research – or at least hopefully ...

Remember when fund managers were rock stars?

(Flickr( (Excerpted from The Professional Financial Advisor IV by John De Goey) In the 1990s … it seemed everyone had a take on how to identify top-performing mutual funds. At the time, it seemed no one could get enough information about what mutual funds were, how they worked, and how to build ...

The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 5: The Inevitable Expansion of the Block List Standard for “Piracy” Sites

The Bell coalition website blocking proposal downplays concerns about over-blocking that often accompanies site blocking regimes by arguing that it will be limited to “websites and services that are blatantly, overwhelmingly, or structurally engaged in piracy.” Having discussed piracy issues in ...

The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 4: Absence of Court Orders Would Put Canada At Odds With Almost Everyone

The first three posts in the case against the Bell coalition website plan focused on why it has failed to provide convincing evidence that the drastic step of site blocking is needed (existing law, weak evidence on Canadian piracy, limited negative impact on the market). The series continues by exa ...

2016 Nobel prize winner introduces anti-aging skincare line

When last mentioned here (Oct. 6, 2016 posting), J. Fraser Stoddart, along with his French colleague Jean-Pierre Sauvage and his Dutch colleague Bernard “Ben” Feringa, had just been awarded a 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for developing molecular machines. In what seems like an unusual career ...

In Year of Trump, Climate Science Denial Group GWPF sees Membership Income Double

The UK’s main climate science denier thinktank has seen its income from membership fees double over the last year, its latest accounts show. The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has consistently argued against the climate science consensus and was set-up by former Chancellor Nigel Lawso ...

Curb the enthusiasm

It was a bust. Of course. When it comes to being pissed about unaffordable houses, it’s a lot easier to Tweet than it is to show up and, like, wave a sign. So a protest in Vancouver expected to “draw thousands” this weekend attracted about two hundred, at least half of them organizers. Inclu ...

Pay system of the future: Feds ready to start looking for a Phoenix replacement

The Trudeau government is going to start looking for a ‘modern’ replacement to the problem-plagued Phoenix system that has fouled-up pay cheques for at least half of Canada’s public service for two years. Public Services Minister Carla Qualtrough said she and cabinet colleague Treasury Board ...

Market has you on edge? Sit tight with the ‘CATS’

(Flickr) The markets caught a bout of volatility in the last two weeks.  A sudden downdraft led to breathless headlines of impending doom followed by a bounce back. Overall, stocks have been on a long bull run since the U.S. market bottomed in 2009.  But the aging bull market comes with lofty v ...