The Supreme Court of Canada’s latest copyright decision – SOCAN v. Entertainment Software Association – affirms yet again that technological neutrality is a foundational element of the law and notably emphasizes that “copyright law does not exist solely for the benefit of authors.” My colleague Jeremy de Beer was an active participant in the case, writing an expert opinion during the Copyright Board phase of the case which reflects the approach that the court ultimately adopted. He joins the Law Bytes podcast to discuss the evolution of music distribution online, this latest case and the court’s commitment to copyright balance, as well as what might come next in the seemingly never-ending battle over Canadian copyright law.
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SOCAN v. Entertainment Software Association
Jeremy de Beer, Copyright Royalty Stacking
CLTS, Making Sense of the Making Available Right
SCC, Webcast, Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, et al. v. Entertainment Software Association, et al.
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Copyrights are laws made as protection. Thank you for sharing this information.
This interpretation is technologically neutral and allows Canada to fulfill its obligations under art. 8 of the Treaty through a combination of the performance, reproduction, and authorization rights
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