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First off today, Canada’s Industry Minister, Christian Paradis, has re-introduced controversial copyright legislation that will, if passed, add DMCA-like protections against the circumvention of digital locks. The law also legalizes certain forms of format-shifting, such as recording a TV show, that are currently outlawed. The legislation is widely expected to pass now that conservatives hold a majority in the House of Commons.
Next up today, Amazon yesterday introduced its new “Kindle Fire” tablet, which comes with a new mobile browser named “Silk”. The browser uses backend caching by Amazon’s cloud network in order to speed up mobile browsing though many are wondering if Amazon’s caching of copyrighted content in this manner could violate copyright law. Most caching is deemed to be legal but some fear Amazon’s system goes a bit too far beyond the norm, especially with its predictive page loading technology, which anticipates your next page click an pre-loads the content.
Finally today, Psystar, the apple clone maker that was sued by Apple back in 2009, lost its appeal to the 9th Circuit. Psystar had claimed that Apple was misusing copyright by limiting its license of OSX for use only on Apple products. However, the 9th Circuit ruled unanimously that no such misuse took place and that Apple had not attempted to stifle creativity or competition. The ruling affirms a permanent injunction barring Psystar from selling computers with OSX installed.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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