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Will we see changes to copyright laws in Canada?
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2019-06-21 Vancouver, BC

Canadian copyright laws were updated in 2012. Now, this year, there have been two Canadian Parliamentary committees reporting and providing recommendations on changes to copyright laws in Canada.

With an election looming for later this year is this an opportunity for individuals and organizations affected to speak to candidates running for federal election? Will we see any changes to the copyright laws in the near future?

In May 2019 the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage delivered its report, "Shifting Paradigms" and in June 2019 the Standing Committe on Industry, Science and Technology delivered its report, "Statutory Review of the Copyright Act".

The Canadian Heritage committee report provides several recommendations including extension of copyright from 50 to 70 years after the authors death, and recommendations to increase efforts to combat piracy and develop mechanisms by which streaming services will develop and promote Canadian content.

The Industry committee, that may have more impact, in it's report provides a number of recommendations some of which include further consultation with various groups and stakeholders, changes to government policies and practices, conducting further studies, and introduction of additional legislation related to computer-generated works.

While the Heritage Committee report was welcome news for the publishing community and rights holders for their work, the Industry Committee report is "more guarded, less decisive, and hands the problem back to the creative industries to resolve ... especially in terms of the educational sector, the arena in which so much of the damage has occurred and so much of the rancor has developed."

 

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Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage report, "Shifting Paradigms".

Standing Committe on Industry, Science and Technology report, "Statutory Review of the Copyright Act".

Canadian Publishing Reacts to New ‘Industry Committee’ Copyright Report, https://publishingperspectives.com/2019/06/canadian-publishing-community...

 

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