The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage last week submitted its report on the Future of the Canadian Television Fund. Its recommendation is short but potentially far-reaching: any structural and core policy changes directly affecting Canada's telecommunications policy or Canada's broadcasting policy be subject to votes in the House of Commons […]
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Canadian Heritage has just released a new report [PDF version] on the future of the Canadian music industry that should be required reading for those engaged in music and copyright issues. Written by Shelley Stein-Sacks, the former head of the government's Music Entrepreneurship Program, the report is remarkable for several […]
Those who track Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda's regular missteps will recall that last fall she planned to hold a fundraiser hosted by a lobbyist for Canwest. When this conflict of interest was raised in the House of Commons, she responded that "I have observed every rule existing right now." […]
Readers will recall that last year I posted information about a Canadian Heritage sponsored study on copyright collectives. While that study has still not been released, the Copyright Policy branch recently opened up by disclosing the external studies it is supporting. The list includes the aforementioned collectives study as well […]
In May of this year, Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda delivered the keynote address to the Professional Writers Association of Canada. Oda acknowledged that "that freelance writers are one of the groups most concerned with Canada’s copyright policy." While Oda's appearance at the PWAC event might be seen as evidence that she is sympathetic with the concerns of Canadian writers, action speaks louder than words. Last week, Oda released her response to a Senate report on the Canadians news media. One of the Senate recommendations dealt specifically with copyright and freelance writers:
That the Minister of Canadian Heritage examine whether there is any abuse of author's rights in the requirements imposed by universal contracts and, if so, explore amendments to the Copyright Act.