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The LawBytes Podcast, Episode 15: Cows, Cars, and Copyright – A Conversation With Myra Tawfik on the IP Concerns With Implementing the USMCA

The new NAFTA – dubbed the USMCA or CUSMA depending on where you live – took a significant step forward recently with the introduction of Canadian legislation designed to ratify the treaty. The economic implications of the agreement are enormous, particularly with respect to digital issues and intellectual property. Myra Tawfik, a law professor at the University of Windsor and Senior Fellow with CIGI, joins the podcast this week to discuss Canada’s longstanding history of facing external pressure on copyright, the role that trade negotiations now play with that pressure, and the implications of the USMCA.

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June 10, 2019 0 comments Podcasts

Copyright the Canadian Way

This week’s Hill Times features an op-ed by Sara Bannerman that explores the Canadian history of fighting for independent copyright policies.  Bannerman notes that Bill C-32 “is more like a Canadian version of the American Digital Millennium Copyright Act than a made-in-Canada solution to copyright in the digital age.” Bannerman’s piece is adapted from her chapter in From “Radical Extremism” to “Balanced Copyright”: Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda and is one of several pieces that provide much-needed historical context to the current round of reforms.

Bannerman’s article notes that virtually from the moment of confederation, Canada has grappled with contentious copyright reform issues.  Reform efforts have invariably come as a response to international pressures, with the United Kingdom exerting significant influence over the early attempts to craft a genuine made-in-Canada copyright law.  Bannerman also places the spotlight on the challenges Canada has faced with international copyright treaties, with attitudes that have ranged from outright rejection to strong support.

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October 25, 2010 7 comments News

Tawfik on User Rights, Circa 1832

Myra Tawfik offers an interesting copyright history lesson in the Lawyers Weekly that points to user rights, circa 1832.

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