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Canadian Labour Congress Adopts New Copyright Policy

Earlier this year, I posted on a Canadian Labour Congress IP policy that was scheduled for approval by the CLC Council.  The proposal represented a dramatic shift in approach  that was exceptionally one-sided.  The proposal did not pass, however, and the CLC formed a working group to develop a new policy.  Sources advise that the new policy was approved late last month and the results much better reflect the diversity of interests within Canada's largest labour organization.  In fact, the policy combines both copyright and net neutrality, adopting a broader approach to digital policy.

On copyright, the policy statement contains 14 recommendations including expanding fair dealing, limiting the application of statutory damages, eliminating crown copyright, and linking anti-circumvention legislation to actual infringement.  The 14 recommendations:

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November 11, 2009 9 comments News

Canadian Labour Congress IP Resolution – An Update

Last week, I posted on a Canadian Labour Congress resolution on intellectual property that raised significant concerns for many groups.  The CLC advises that the resolution did not pass.  Instead, the executive council of the CLC, on the advice of the union introducing the motion, directed the President to set […]

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February 12, 2009 3 comments News

Canadian Labour Congress Considers Major Reversal on IP Policy

Reliable sources report that the Canadian Labour Congress is set to consider a policy resolution that would dramatically alter its approach on copyright and intellectual property policy.  The resolution will apparently be brought forward to the Congress Executive Council next Monday with the possibility of consideration by the full CLC Council immediately thereafter.  It should be noted that the CLC has traditionally recognized the need for a balanced approach and that support for ratification of the WIPO Internet treaties comes primarily from U.S. pressure. 

For example, consider the CLC's comments on IP policy within the context of the Security Prosperity Partnership with the United States and Mexico.  Following the Montebello meeting in 2007, the CLC said the following:

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February 4, 2009 19 comments News