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Copyright notice and notice regime to come into force

The Government of Canada has announced that the “Notice and Notice” regime established by Bill C-11, “An Act to Amend the Copyright Act”, is expected to come into force in January 2015. The amendments will provide for a mandatory notification scheme for online copyright infringement.

 

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Is the proposed ‘cyberbullying legislation’ the real deal?

On November 20, 2013, Bill C-13 received first reading before the House of Commons. The media touted Bill C-13 as the new “Cyberbullying Legislation”. However, assuming Bill C-13 receives royal assent, how effective will be it be in combating cyberbullying?

 

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What to do if you are a victim of cyberbullying or cyberlibel – Part 2

In this posting, I will provide tips to adults and businesses that are being cyber-libelled. Anyone can be made a target of online defamation, with devastating consequences to one’s personal and professional reputation. Indeed, at its worst, cyber-libel can bring an individual or business to the brink of bankruptcy.

 

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What to do if you are a victim of cyberbullying or cyberlibel – Part 1

In last month’s posting, I wrote about the tragic case of Rehteah Parsons, the Nova Scotia teenager who took her own life after being cyberbullied. I have since received requests for some of my readers for advice on what to do if you are a victim of cyberbullying. I will respond to this request in two postings. The first is meant for parents of children who are being cyberbullied. The second, which will appear in next month’s posting, is meant for adults that are victims of cyberlibel or cyberbullying. This information can also help businesses take steps to support employees and manage the risk of cyberlibel or cyberbullying in their organizations.

 

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Anonymous blogger – reveal thyself!

In a recent decision from the Ontario courts, a judge has ordered an anonymous blogger to reveal his or her identity to the plaintiff, so the plaintiff can sue them for defamation. There is only one catch: how does one go about enforcing such order?

 

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Angry bloggers beware! – Your anonymity is not guaranteed… unless you defame a politician

One year ago, I wrote about the Canadian courts’ trend of ordering Internet service providers or website operators to reveal the identity of anonymous bloggers, when it is alleged that the bloggers had defamed the plaintiff. A recent decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, suggests that, when the plaintiff is a politician, the bloggers may continue to remain anonymous.

 

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Help! I have been defamed online – Part III, the perils of being Googled

Have you “googled” yourself lately? If you have not, I recommend that you go ahead and do so. You might be surprised by what you discover is posted about you online.

 

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Help! I have been defamed online: Practical tips – Part II

In last month’s post, I provided a few practical tips for victims of online defamation. In this post, I will discuss a problem associated with defamation posted on a server located in the United States, and will provide some tips on how to respond to such a problem.

 

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Help! I have been defamed online: Practical tips – Part I

Anyone who has been defamed online knows how devastating such experience could be to a person’s professional and social reputation. Indeed, even years later, some victims are still afraid to “google” their names, not wanting to discover an obscure link that contains the defamation.

 

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