Earlier this year, I posted on a Canadian Labour Congress IP policy that was scheduled for approval by the CLC Council. The proposal represented a dramatic shift in approach that was exceptionally one-sided. The proposal did not pass, however, and the CLC formed a working group to develop a new policy. Sources advise that the new policy was approved late last month and the results much better reflect the diversity of interests within Canada's largest labour organization. In fact, the policy combines both copyright and net neutrality, adopting a broader approach to digital policy.
On copyright, the policy statement contains 14 recommendations including expanding fair dealing, limiting the application of statutory damages, eliminating crown copyright, and linking anti-circumvention legislation to actual infringement. The 14 recommendations: