Interview with Windsor Law alumnae, Dr. Catherine Ng, Senior Lecturer at University of Aberdeen, School of Law (Scotland).

Interview with Windsor Law alumnae, Dr. Catherine Ng, Senior Lecturer at University of Aberdeen, School of Law (Scotland).   Madiha Khan LTEC Lab Student Writer Dual JD 2019   Dr. Catherine Ng, a Windsor Law alumnae is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Post-Graduate Research Student Training Programme at the University of Aberdeen, School of Law. Dr. Ng started her work as a lecturer after a period of private practice in Toronto, and has completed her DPhil in intellectual property law from the University of Oxford (UK) and her post-doctorate work from the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. Her main areas of teaching are law and its relation to intellectual property, the media, the arts, legal history, and anthropology. In an interview with LTEC Lab, Dr. Ng discusses ...

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Another Win for Nintendo Giant: A Review of the Federal Court’s Decision on Technological Protection Measures

Monica Carinci Windsor Law LTEC Lab Student Writer JD 2018   In 2012, a separate legal framework was added to Canada’s Copyright Act (“the Act”), which prohibits the circumvention of technological protection measures (“TPMs”) and manufacturing and offering for sale devices that allow for the circumvention of TPMs. This framework was first applied by the Federal Court earlier this year in Nintendo of America Inc v Go Cyber Shopping (2005) Ltd et al., 2017 FC 246. Nintendo has been vehemently battling the piracy of its video games in different jurisdictions, and the Canadian decision illustrates the far reaching application of TPMs in Canada.   What are technological protection measures?   Under s. 41 of the Act, TPMs are defined as “any effective technology, device, or compon ...

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Supervised Research- Global Affairs’ (Government of Canada) Digital Inclusion Lab

  Professor Thomasen is offering up to two supervised research paper project spots for credit for 2L and 3L students in the winter term  (with some planning to begin in the fall) focusing on the intersection of artificial intelligence, human rights, inclusion and democracy. These papers will contribute to Global Affairs’ (Government of Canada) Digital Inclusion Lab student forum in April, 2018. The successful students will be invited to Ottawa (*at the discretion of Global Affairs) to present their research to a forum including peers from across the country, public officials, and stakeholders from the private tech sector. Creativity and interdisciplinary research will be encouraged in this supervised research project!   Students interested in this opportunity are asked to c ...

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Professor Ryan Calo presents his work on “Robots at Common Law” at Windsor Law LTEC Lab seminar

  Monica Carinci Windsor Law LTEC Lab Student Writer JD 2018   On September 21, 2017, LTEC Lab hosted its first event of the year, a talk entitled, “Robots At Common Law,” delivered by Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Associate Professor Ryan Calo of the University of Washington School of Law. Professor Calo is a leading scholar in the emerging field of robotics law. He is a co-director of the Tech Policy Lab at the University of Washington, an interdisciplinary research group comprised of experts from computer science, engineering, information science, and law. He is also a co-editor of Robot Law, a book on the subject, and a co-founder of We Robot, an annual conference that brings together lawyers and other professionals to discuss the legal and policy issues raised by robotics.   ...

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Outdoor Legal Education: An afternoon at the museum with Wafaa Bilal

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In this blog, Professor Pascale Chapdelaine discusses the pedagogical value of taking law students outside the classroom through a unique experience she had when she and her copyright law students visited the Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario in the spring 2016. Read more…..  

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Canada’s Emerging Artificial Intelligence Leadership and the Need for Good Policy

Joanna Pawlowski Windsor Law, 2L Research Assistant LTEC Lab Artificial intelligence is a significant and growing part of our daily lives. Artificial intelligence is a field of computer science research that studies and develops intelligent machines that act and work like humans through the use of techniques like machine learning (providing computers with the ability to learn patters from data, rather than being directly programmed with those patterns). Today, not only is artificial intelligence prevalent across many prominent industries (manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, and customer service), but artificial intelligence already possesses the generic powers of creation and destruction. Google’s Deep Dream creates its own art using its machine learning algorithms, while autonomous ...

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Attorneys on Amazon? Online Marketplaces for Legal Services

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Noel Semple Assistant Professor University of Windsor, Faculty of Law   For an individual with a legal need, shopping intelligently for a law firm can be a frustrating experience. It is difficult to get any objective information about price or quality, and comparison-shopping is arduous. Are online marketplaces, which play an increasingly central role in the consumer economy, part of the solution to this access to justice problem?   The Canadian Bar Association thinks so.  The CBA’s Futures Report called for a “full-blown technology-enabled marketplace where sellers of legal services can present their offerings, credentials and fee structures.”  In such a marketplace, consumers would be able to “choose the types of services they wish to purchase,” and “investigate a s ...

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Global Takedowns on Google: Canada leading the way, but are we going in the right direction?

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Monica Carinci Windsor Law LTEC Lab Student Writer JD 2018   On Thursday June 28, 2017 the Supreme Court of Canada (the “SCC”) released its highly anticipated decision in the Google Inc. v Equustek Solution Inc. case. The case involves the intersection of censorship, freedom of expression and anti-competition in the context of technology.   Equustek, a manufacturer of networking devices, sought an injunction that would force Google  to de-index the website of Equustek’s distributor-turned-competitor, Datalink. Datalink was formerly a distributor of Equustek’s products, until Equustek sued Datalink for infringing its intellectual property rights in 2011.  Datalink passed off Equustek’s products as their own by relabeling and repackaging the goods, and also used trade secrets to de ...

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Architectural Drawings, Drafting Software, and the Scope of Copyright Protection-

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Dragana Bukejlovic Windsor Law LTEC Student Writer JD 2018 June 21, 2017 Technological advancement has had a substantial impact on many industries throughout the last century.  Computer software has enabled professionals and every day users to perform their work in a more efficient way. Drafting software has had an impact on the architectural industry in particular. Gone are the days of architectural technologists and architects manually drafting hundreds of pages of blueprints or manually constructing 3D models of proposed buildings. Prior to attending Windsor Law, I worked as a Junior Mechanical Estimator. I was trained to read mechanical drawings, and while I am now in law school, I have taken opportunities to bridge my previous work experience with areas of the law I am exploring. This ...

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To Scan or Not to Scan

Monica Carinci Windsor Law LTEC Lab Student JD 2018   In 2012, the Copyright Modernization Act came into force, adding “education” to the list of fair dealing purposes that do not infringe copyright. Concordia University’s Centre for Expanded Poetics [the “Centre”] appears to have either relied on the expanded definition of fair dealing, or on their licence agreement with a copyright collective; since as early as 2015, the Centre has scanned books written by poets and made these texts available online for students and the general public to access for free. This activity went unnoticed until earlier this year, when the Writers’ Union of Canada and The Globe and Mail contacted the publishers of the texts reproduced online and asked if the Centre had requested their permission. They hadn ...

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