Monthly Archives: November 2013

Monthly Archives: November 2013

Warrant Required to Search Computer Content

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The Supreme Court on November 7th released their decision R. v Vu, stating that search warrants for specific premises must explicitly grant law enforcement officials the right to search content on computers. Computers, unlike cupboard or drawers on a premises, hold virtually a “universe of information” about individuals; information that even individuals themselves may not be aware of, thus giving rise to privacy protections under section 8 of the Charter. Interestingly, the Court found the charter-infringing conduct not to be …

Should APIs be copyrightable?

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This summer, I had been following the Oracle v. Google case since last year where Oracle sued Google for infringing on its copyright of over 37 Java APIs (Application Programming Interfaces).  While an American case,  Justice Alsup ruled that the Java APIs were not copyrightable.  Justice Alsup stated: So long as the specific code used to implement a method is different, anyone is free under the Copyright Act to write his or her own code to carry out exactly the …

Toronto Computer Laws Group: Legal Issues Facing Startup Companies

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On September 26th, 2013, the Toronto Computer Laws Group hosted a session whether three experts (Chad Bayne from Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt; Matthew Leibowitz with Plazacorp Ventures, and Anthony De Fezekas from Miller Thompson LLP) discussed legal issues facing Start-Up companies. The panel shared the following: 1.  Intellectual Property (IP) One of the primary and first issues entrepreneurs need to consider is ownership of IP.  All work done by employees should be clearly assigned to the company, even if the …