Canada’s Copyright Revolution

Professor Geist's regular Toronto Star Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, HTML backup article, homepage version) examines the recent Canadian Supreme Court LSUC v. CCH copyright decision. The column argues that the case instantly ranks as one of the strongest pro-user rights decisions from any high court in the world, showing what it means to do more than pay mere lip service to balance in copyright. It then proceeds the case from four perspectives — 1. The litigants (the Law Society emerged victorious, though not a complete loss for the publishers) 2. The interpretation of copyright law (new standards for fair dealing and for authorization as well as the articulation of users rights) 3. The broader perspective on copyright law (the need to adopt a balanced perspective) 4. The societal shift of the view of copyright (a personalization of the importance of copyright). also see: LSUC v. CCH Canadian

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