Copyright Reform and Canadian Education

Professor Geist's latest Toronto Star Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, HTML backup article, homepage version) assesses the consequences of a recent Canadian parliamentary committee report on copyright reform. The report recommends swift ratification of the WIPO treaties, increased potential liability for ISPs, and the prospect for a new extended license to cover Internet-based materials in education. The column argues that the report largely neglects the user side of the copyright balance equation by focusing chiefly on the compensation and protection afforded to creators. Further, it laments the recommendation of a highly restrictive definition of publicly available work on the Internet, which if adopted will prove costly for Canada's education system. also see: Bulte Committee Report

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