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    UK To Introduce Wide Range of Copyright Exceptions

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    Thursday December 20, 2012
    The UK government has announced plans to introduce a wide range of copyright exceptions. The plan includes a new private copying right that will permit personal copying of content onto any medium (including personal cloud storage) for personal use. The personal copying right will not require further payment or a levy system. Canada enacted a similar reform this year, though the levy remains for copying of sound recordings onto some media. The UK reforms will also include a fair dealing exception for non-commercial use of materials in teaching. The summary of UK reforms include:

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    Setting the Record Straight: 32 Questions and Answers on C-32's Digital Lock Provisions, Part Two

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    Wednesday June 09, 2010
    Yesterday's post on the 32 Questions and Answers on Bill C-32's digital lock provisions focused on general issues in the bill, including compliance with WIPO, the penalty provisions, and their constitutional validity.  Today's post discusses the shortcomings in the anti-circumvention exceptions that are included in C-32.  With the exception of a new exception for cellphone unlocking, the exceptions are the same as those found in C-61 and a virtual mirror of the U.S. DMCA. For those that want it all in a single package, I've posted the full series as PDF download.

    C-32's Circumvention Exceptions

    This section features answers to the following questions:
    • Bill C-32 contains circumvention exceptions for encryption research and security testing.  Doesn't that address the research concerns?
    • Bill C-32 contains a circumvention exception for privacy.  Doesn't that address the privacy concerns?
    • Bill C-32 contains a circumvention exception for the visually impaired.  Doesn't that address those access concerns?
    • Bill C-32 contains a circumvention exception for interoperability.  Doesn't that address those concerns?

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    U.S. at WIPO: Committed To Better Copyright Exceptions

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    Tuesday December 15, 2009
    The U.S. delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization has just delivered a noteworthy statement on its commitment to addressing copyright exceptions for persons with print disabilities.  The statement includes:

    the United States believes that the time has come for WIPO Members to work toward some form of international consensus on basic, necessary limitations and exceptions in copyright law for persons with print disabilities. This international consensus could take multiple forms, including a model law endorsed by the SCCR, a detailed Joint Recommendation to be adopted by the WIPO General Assemblies, and/or a multilateral treaty. The United States is open to discussing and exploring all these options.

    Not only has the U.S. called for an international consensus, it has rejected claims that addressing exceptions would weaken copyright law:

    We recognize that some in the international copyright community believe that any international consensus on substantive limitations and exceptions to copyright law would weaken international copyright law. The United States does not share that point of view. The United States is committed to both better exceptions in copyright law and better enforcement of copyright law. Indeed, as we work with countries to establish consensus on proper, basic exceptions within copyright law, we will ask countries to work with us to improve the enforcement of copyright. This is part and parcel of a balanced international system of intellectual property.

    The Canadian delegation should speak to these issues shortly.
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    UK Launches Copyright Consultation on Exceptions

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    Monday December 14, 2009
    The UK has launched a new copyright consultation on exceptions.  The consultation notably recommends against a narrow format shifting exception, arguing instead that something far bigger is needed.  It states "we would however encourage the EU to look at options that benefit consumers, including the possibility of a broad exception to copyright for non-commercial use."
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