The Documentary Organization of Canada warns that Bill C-11 “will throw out the long-standing legal principle of ‘fair dealing’ that allows producers to use content without permission if they are reporting or commenting on it.”
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For documentary film makers, the use of film clips is frequently an essential part of the creative process. If those clips are locked behind a digital lock supported by C-11 digital lock rules, creators will face real barriers in completing their work. While some might suggest that they can simply seek permission to use a clip, rights holders are notorious for establishing restrictive conditions on the use of clips that may include prohibitions on critical speech. For example, during the last round of DMCA exemption hearings, one film maker presented the following clause used by rights holders to restrict re-use:
The Documentary Organization of Canada appeared before the C-32 committee last week and gave a strong presentation on the need for anti-circumvention exception for fair dealing, noting that the current approach raises free speech concerns: The intersection of fair dealing and documentary production has been at the heart of DOC’s […]
The Documentary Organization of Canada has released a new guide for filmmakers on the use of fair dealing. The DOC remains supportive of a flexible fair dealing provision, but as it awaits the copyright bill has created this guide to better inform documentary film makers about how they can use […]
The Documentary Organization of Canada is encouraging its members to become active in the copyright consultation, focusing on the need for fair dealing reform.