Peering Through the Haze
Publication: New York Times
David Sweanor, Common Law Section, comments on the popularity of E-cigarette usage. "What other huge interventions have there been? It’s not like there has been a big new cigarette tax, or tough new package warnings. The only thing that is new is the introduction of e-cigarettes.”
If a robot kills someone, who is to blame?
Publication: The Globe and Mail
Ian R. Kerr, Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology, comments on the notion of ‘robots that kill’. “it is very easy to think, from a liability perspective, that the hospitals will want [doctors] to rely on the machines, because the machines have a better track record.…And all of a sudden, we find ourselves where we have taken humanity out of certain kinds of decision-making, such as driving, or war.”
Sony and other content creators ramping up crackdown on Netflix geofencing evasion
Publication: CBC News
Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, discusses the new Netflix and Sony contract. "That may explain why Netflix would focus on VPN services that market themselves as primarily allowing for access to U.S. Netflix, while not stopping general VPN services that are used for a wide range of purposes, including protecting personal privacy,"
Tax credits for film and TV production a race to the bottom: Geist
Publication: Toronto Star
In this Op-Ed, Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, comments on Nova Scotia's decision to cut funding for film and TV production.
Judge orders 10-year-old girl be vaccinated for measles against mom's wishes
Publication: Toronto Star
Amir Attaran, Institute of Population Health, comments on the case of a Brantford judge who has ruled that a 10-year-old girl must get vaccinated for measles, despite objections from her mother. “This case shows the courts sensibly disdain those with a blind spot for science, whether it be denying that vaccines work, or denying that the earth is round.”
Vous téléchargez illégalement? Voici les risques encourus
Publication: TVA Nouvelles
Michael Geist, Chaire de recherche du Canada en droit d'Internet et du commerce électronique, discute du logiciel BitTorrent en relation avec la surveillance sur internet. « Une compagnie peut simplement télécharger un film pour voir les adresses IP de tous ceux qui téléchargent ce même fichier. »
Academic sees jail time loophole in new drug safety laws
A new drug safety law has lowered the maximum jail sentence for makers of counterfeit and substandard drugs from three years to two. Amir Attaran, Institute of Population Health, comments. "A new maximum penalty of five years requires a near-impossible legal test, making it obsolete in the fight against falsified pharmaceuticals... If you can’t clear that hurdle, and this is going to be 99.9 percent of cases, this government just cut imprisonment from three years to two.”