"SOPA may be dead (for now) in the U.S., but lobby groups are likely to intensify their efforts to export SOPA-like rules to other countries. With the Canadian DMCA back on the legislative agenda at the end of the month, Canada will be a prime target for SOPA style rules.
"Bell internet customers will no longer have their file sharing uploads and downloads deliberately slowed down. Bell Canada and Bell Aliant will stop using equipment to selectively slow down file sharing applications on their networks starting March 1, the companies said in a letter to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on Monday.
"You may now exhale, Canadian journalists, bloggers, and Twitter users. Canada's Supreme Court has unanimously decided that posting a hyperlink to an allegedly defamatory article does not constitute defamation itself. "I would conclude that a hyperlink, by itself, should never be seen as 'publication' of the content to which it refers," opined Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, speaking for the panel reviewing the matter of Crookes versus Newton.
"CNET, among many other sources, reports that the declining orbit of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite has declined all the way; the satellite reentered and broke up in Earth's atmosphere last night, though the exact time, and thus location, of the reentry was unknown at the time. CNET quotes NASA's release, which says the satellite "fell back to Earth between 11:23 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 23, and 1:09 a.m. EDT Sept.
"Apparently it's still "cool" to hack anything to do with Sony.
On Tuesday, Sony Ericsson Canada's eShop, an online store for mobile phones and accessories, was breached, exposing the personal details of thousands of users. Sony Ericsson has disabled the website and claims it was not conncted to any Sony Ericsson servers.
"Toronto Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti is proposing a red light district on Toronto Island, arguing it would generate millions of dollars in revenue for the city and provide a defined, out-of-the-way place for sex-trade workers to ply their trade.
One of a group of small islands located a short ferry ride from downtown, Toronto Island currently serves as a park and has a small community of residents.
"Metered broadband billing has become a volatile regulatory question in Canada. It has also become a political issue, with that country's Conservative, Liberal, and New Democratic parties taking stands on the question of whether big telcos like Bell Canada can sell wholesale network access to smaller ISPs via a metered or usage-based-billing (UBB) system.
Phone and cable companies have unleashed a deep-pocketed public relations campaign designed to confuse Canadians about new Internet usage fees.
At the same time, broadcasters and cable companies are meeting in Ottawa to hash out a plan to deal with online services that are "competing for customers".
We can't let them turn back the clock. We need a well-coordinated response to prevent these corporations from interfering in the upcoming CRTC hearing.
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