The federal government wants to push through it’s “copyright modernization act” before the end of the year, but one critic asks what the rush is all about, especially when there are five copyright cases scheduled to come before the Supreme Court of Canada in the first week of December that could be related to current aspects of the act.
“There will be five cases heard in two days on Dec. 6 and 7, which is absolutely unprecedented in Canada,” says Howard Knopf, counsel with Ottawa’s Moffat & Co./Macera & Jarzyna LLP.
On Sept. 29, the federal government reintroduced bill C-11, the proposed copyright act. It will amend the current act in a several ways, such as making the circumvention of technological protection measures an infringement of copyright; amending fair dealing to include the purpose of education, parody, and satire; establishing an exception for user-generated content; and limiting the liability of Internet service providers.
Yesterday’s rumours about the merger of Norton Rose OR and Calgary-based Macleod Dixon turned out to be spot on. The global law firm’s foothold in Canada has increased dramatically as has its reach into the area of energy and mining law.
The two firms will be joining forces officially on Jan. 1, 2012. The new firm will be renamed Norton Rose Canada and with close to 700 lawyers, including those from Macleod Dixon in Calgary, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Québec, Caracas and Bogotá, the new firm will become one of the three largest in the country.
This merger significantly increases Norton Rose’s resources across its six key sectors in Canada, particularly energy and infrastructure and mining and commodities. This also now gives Norton Rose a solid team in Calgary, which had been somewhat of a hole after the initial merger with Ogilvy Renault earlier this year.