For years, Canada resisted extending the term of copyright beyond the international standard of life of the author plus 50 years. That appears to have come to an end with the USMCA, which requires an extension. The Canadian government has just launched a public consultation on the issue, identifying several “accompanying measures” to address concerns about the negative impact of term extension. For the many Canadians that participated in the recent copyright review process, the consultation document comes as huge disappointment as it seemingly rejects – with little legal basis – the review’s recommendation on establishing a registration requirement for the additional 20 years that would benefit both creators and the public.
The consultation is currently open until March 12th. Duke University’s Jennifer Jenkins, who is is a Clinical Professor of Law teaching intellectual property and Director of Duke’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain, joins the Law Bytes podcast this week to help sort through the likely implications of copyright term extension for Canada.
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Government of Canada Copyright Term Extension consultation – Due March 12, 2021
Government of Canada Copyright Term Extension Consultation Paper
Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, February 24, 2020
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The consultation is currently open until March 12th.
The copyright extension is grotesque. Trudeau + co. sold the country out for a deal on dairy or something. Now, to add insult to injury, it’s being sold as an “opportunity” for creators. If it’s that great, why did you resist it for so long? Why did you deprive us of this “opportunity” until now?
And then you have idiots like the Writers Union of Canada, in favour of the extension. I hope its members can at least figure out they they personally, by definition, will not benefit from an extension of their rights *after their death*. Will their immediate family benefit? Nope, unless it’s by dying in their 20s right after having children, with their children living to a ripe old age. Will their grandchildren benefit? Not even. The members of the Writers Union can’t even count to 70 it seems. And I would bet that the organization has more members who benefit from the death + 50 rule (people working in various creative fields who use material in the public domain) than will benefit from death + 70, in addition to the many creative types not a part of the Writers Union, and who the Writers Union just told to jump in a lake for no good reason.