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Press Releases

List of our press releases, in reverse chronological order, Canada context.

Federal Court of Appeal rejects Big Telecom’s efforts to delay implementation of wireless customer protection rules

May 19, 2015Access
Federal Court of Appeal rejects Big Telecom’s efforts to delay implementation of wireless customer protection rules

OpenMedia calls for Conservative MP Laurie Hawn to apologize to business leaders immediately

May 7, 2015Privacy
The call comes in response to Laurie Hawn attacking and questioning the loyalty of business leaders who signed a letter criticizing controversial Bill C-51

#StopC51 campaigners vow to keep up the fight, after government uses majority to ram unpopular legislation through Commons after just two days of debate

May 6, 2015Privacy
The controversial Bill will now be considered by the Senate, as campaigners promise to turn Bill C-51 into a key election issue in October, if that’s what it takes to overturn the Bill

An international network of organizations launches campaign to safeguard the Right To Link

May 5, 2015Free Expression
May 6, 2015 – A large network of over 50 organizations from 21 countries is coming together to “Save The Link”. Today, the network is launching a multilingual international campaign aimed at pushing back against efforts by powerful media conglomerates to censor links and stifle free expression on the Internet. One of the proposals being advanced could make users personally liable for the content of websites they link to online. The campaign launches as legislators in the EU are considering a major copyright review, including amendments to the European Union’s Copyright Directive that experts say would fundamentally undermine the right to link. In addition, a recent leak from the European Commission reveals measures that could force online companies to monitor the activities of Internet users in order to block content in other countries. In tandem with the launch of the campaign, organizers have set up a Thunderclap social media amplification tool demanding that legislators protect the right to link. The message will reach over 1.4 million people.

Commons to vote on ‘secret police’ bill C-51 as early as Tuesday after over 205,000 Canadians have spoken out online

May 3, 2015Privacy
MPs are being inundated with letters, phone calls, emails, and tweets in one of the largest citizen campaigns in Canadian history

Parliament set to debate C-51 today (Friday), as over 200,000 Canadians call for the Bill to be scrapped

April 23, 2015Privacy

As government announces costly new copyright terms, leading experts send letter to Industry Minister urging him to fix existing loopholes that are exposing Canadians to threats and abuse

April 23, 2015Free Expression
For months, foreign media giants have abused Canada’s copyright system by threatening Canadians with penalties that are impossible under Canadian law, in order to intimidate them into paying extortionate charges

Canada is walking into a copyright trap warn advocates, as government quietly announces it will lengthen copyright terms for sound recordings by 20 years with no public consultation

April 22, 2015
Content creators and everyday Canadians will pay the price for continued mishandling of copyright policy from government, as unaddressed Notice and Notice loophole continues to expose Canadians to abuse    

Business Leaders pen an open letter warning the government that Bill C-51 will cause serious damage to Canadian businesses

April 20, 2015Privacy
60 leading businesses, entrepreneurs, and investors warn that “unbalanced” legislation will undermine operations and international trust in Canadian businesses

Dozens of community events are taking place across Canada on Saturday to #RejectFear and #StopC51

April 17, 2015Privacy
Events have been organized not by organizations, but by everyday Canadians wanting to take a stand against what experts have described as a “Secret Police” bill