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Sound of Silence: Why the Government’s Copyright Extension for Sound Recordings Will Reduce Access to Canada’s Musical Heritage

The government yesterday tabled its budget implementation bill (Bill C-59), which includes provisions to extend the term of copyright for sound recordings and performances. The extension adds 20 years to the term (to 70 years). It also caps the term at 100 years after the first fixation of the sound recording or performance. The change is not retroactive, so sound recordings currently in the public domain will stay there. The government’s unexpected decision to extend the term of copyright for sound recordings and performances will not only cost consumers by reducing competition and stop cheaper, legal music alternatives from coming to the market – but it will also reduce access to Canada’s music heritage.

This is the inescapable conclusion based on studies elsewhere, which find that longer copyright terms discourage re-issuing older releases, which often means that the musical heritage is lost.  For example, Tim Brooks conducted a detailed study in 2005 on how copyright law affects reissues of historic recordings. He concluded that longer copyright terms significantly reduce public access. First, he examined the data in the United States, which at the time had the longest term of protection:

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May 8, 2015 4 comments News

What the Spring Legislation Might Mean, Part Two

The Washington Post features a story on a 19th year old who filmed a 20 second clip of Transformers in a theatre to show her brother.  She now faces up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

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August 2, 2007 3 comments News

Quebec Movie Chain Sued Over “Abusive” Search

Cinema Guzzo, a leading Quebec movie chain, is being sued for a rough search of some of its patrons (Guzzo searches has been the subject of some online discussion here, here, and here).  La Presse reports that a Montreal woman is seeking $60,000 in damages for the way the theatre […]

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July 27, 2007 93 comments News

Movie Piracy and Olympic Marks Bills Receive Royal Assent

Minutes before the Senate shut down for the summer on Friday, both the movie piracy bill (C-59) and the Olympic marks bill (C-47) received royal assent and are now part of the law of the land.

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June 23, 2007 2 comments News

Government Says No Further Copyright Reform in the Criminal Code

During the Senate debate over Bill C-59, a Conservative Senator was asked this week whether the government has any intention of putting other copyright infringement activities under the Criminal Code.  Senator Janis G. Johnson responded no.

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June 23, 2007 3 comments News