The Gowers Report

The much-anticipated UK Gowers Report[pdf] on IP is out.  On the copyright front, the report recommends no extension in the term of copyright for sound recordings, no retrospective term extension, a limited private copying right for format shifting with no accompanying levy, an expansion of fair dealing, private copying for research purposes of all forms of content, address orphan works, and provide libraries and archives with the right to make copies for preservation purposes.  If Canadian officials are serious about meeting international standards, they could do far worse than using these recommendations as their starting point.

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