A Plan To Restore Balance To Canadian Copyright Law

Professor Geist's latest Toronto Star Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, HTML backup article, homepage version) considers how copyright balance can be restored to Canadian copyright reform. The column identifies five principles — (1) procedural balance including a commitment from parliamentarians to refuse campaign contributions from rights holder groups; (2) substantive balance that identifies an appropriate middle ground to meet the needs of creators, users, and the public interest; (3) insistence on empirical evidence and economic analysis; (4) creativity; and (5) patience. The column notes that a recent Canadian copyright reform report failed to meet any of these five principles. also see: Bulte Committee Report

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