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The Case for Fair Use in Canada

Last week I delivered an invited talk to Canadian Heritage's Copyright Policy Branch on fair use.  The talk, which is apparently one of several they have planned on the issue, was in response to the increasing attention being paid to the limitations of fair dealing and the benefits of expanding fair dealing or adopting a U.S. style fair use provision.

There is no podcast version of the talk, though you can view it below. 

The talk opens by speculating on why fair use has emerged as a "hot issue." I point to several factors including the emphasis on balance within copyright, the consequences of digitization, and the growing class of creators focused on access.  I also note that the emphasis on DRM and anti-circumvention legislation may also play a role since they exacerbate interoperability concerns that some hope can be solved by fair use.

After a brief legal backgrounder and an acknowledgement that fair use is not a panacea, I proceeded to identify seven reasons why Canada should expand the fair dealing provision.  My seven are:

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January 25, 2007 1 comment News

30 Days of DRM – Day 03: Oversight of DRM Misuse (Markets)

Today's installment focuses on the need for an amendment to the Competition Act should Canada introduce anti-circumvention legislation.  The Act should be amended to ensure that the Competition Bureau is not restricted in its ability to bring actions against abusive behaviour stemming from the application of an anti-circumvention provision. 

This argument is a bit technical, but important. 

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August 21, 2006 1 comment News