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World’s Leading Tech and Internet Companies: Don’t Blame Canada on Copyright

The Computer & Communications Industry Association, which includes a who's who of the tech world including Microsoft, Google, T-Mobile, Fujitsu, AMD, eBay, Intuit, Oracle, and Yahoo, have issued a strong defense of current Canadian copyright law, arguing that the U.S. is wrong to place Canada on the annual Special 301 list.  The CCIA notes that including Canada undermines the credibility of the process, stating "Canada’s current copyright law and practice clearly satisfy the statutory 'adequate and effective' standard. Indeed, in a number respects, Canada's laws are more protective of creators than those of the United States."

The defense, which was submitted to the U.S. government, is precisely the kind of defense that Canadian officials should be making when confronted with fear-mongering from the usual suspects about the state of Canadian copyright law.  That it is the world's leading technology companies speaking out should send a strong signal to Industry Minister Tony Clement and Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore about how Canadian law is actually viewed by leading companies as they craft copyright reforms and develop a national digital strategy.

The CCIA raises several issues in countering the claims that Canada belongs on the list. 

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February 19, 2010 22 comments News

The Value of the Fair Use Industries

Lots of attention being paid to a new study commissioned by the CCIA on the economic value of fair use in the United States.  Using WIPO's own guidelines, the study concludes that the "fair use industries", including consumer electronics, education institutions, software, and ISPs, generate $4.5 trillion in revenue, far […]

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