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October 7, 2005
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Lessons from Oz
Michael Geist has an excellent post on the "take-away" lessons for Canada from the Australian High Court's decision in Stevens v. Sony. Among them: Like Australia, Canada doesn't have to set up a legal regime identical to the one in the US in order to carry out its obligations under WIPO agreements. It can refuse to let copyright holders turn a limited monopoly over copyrighted works into an unlimited right to control what technologists and consumers do with legitimately purchased products -- preserving innovation, free competition, consumer rights, and traditional balance in copyright law.
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