The CBC is reporting that the Canadian Heritage 2007-08 Plans and Priorities commits to copyright reform. Indeed, the document indicates that "the Department in coordination with Industry Canada, is preparing to amend the Copyright Act in order to allow Canada to implement the provisions of the two most recent World […]
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Another enormously important Canadian group has spoken out on copyright. The Documentary Organization of Canada, which represents more than 650 independent documentary film makers, has jumped into the copyright debate with a public letter to the Ministers, a background white paper that assesses the legal environment for documentary film makers, […]
Appeared in the Hill Times on October 9, 2006 as Parallel Federal Political World of Environment and Copyright As the Conservatives prepare to roll out their policy plan for the environment, there is little doubt that environmental concerns have emerged as a major political issue. With polls consistently confirming public […]
Even more compelling are recent comments from Professor Felten at a conference at the University of Michigan.
While things have been publicly quiet on the copyright reform front this summer, indications are that the government has been busy, with a copyright bill likely to be introduced this fall. One important voice that has come forward is Telus, Canada’s second largest telecommunications company. In a letter to Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda, the company outlines its top priorities for copyright reform.
Leading the way is fair use, with Telus calling for a "living" fair use model that would expand upon the current fair dealing user right. In particular, Telus states that: