Post Tagged with: "fair dealing"

Copyright Board Rules Music Previews Constitute Fair Dealing

The Copyright Board of Canada has just issued the first part of its decision in the long-running (since 1996) Tariff 22 case.  The Board is prepared to establish a tariff for the communication of musical works over the Internet and  while much of the decision is devoted to economic analysis, several key legal questions are addressed.  Of greatest interest is its conclusion that offering music previews (ie. a portion of a song) constitutes fair dealing under Canadian copyright law as it can be characterized as copying for the purpose of research.  This decision – which is right in my view – highlights the very broad nature of fair dealing following the Supreme Court of Canada's CCH decision. 

The Board rightly notes that listening to an excerpt of a work is consumer research into whether they might like to purchase the song, concluding that:

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October 18, 2007 9 comments News

Copyright Board On Municipal Architecture Plans

Howard Knopf accurately predicted this change in Copyright Board policy – the Board will no longer issue licenses for architectural plans held in municipal archives because it does not believe licenses are needed.

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September 11, 2007 Comments are Disabled News

A Digital Economy Blueprint For the New Industry Minister

Appeared on August 20, 2007 in the Toronto Star as A Blueprint For Reforming the Digital Economy Appeared on August 21, 2007 in the Ottawa Citizen as Digital Policy Issues a Good Icebreaker for New Industry Minister Appeared on August 21, 2007 in the Tyee as Canada's Path to Digital […]

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August 20, 2007 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Australian Court Issues Fair Dealing Ruling

Interesting report this morning from Australia where a court has ruled that showing two minute clips of rugby highlights within a news report qualifies as fair dealing.

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April 19, 2007 Comments are Disabled News

Quebec Author Lobby Issues Copyright Position Paper

CultureLibre reports that the UNEQ, the primary Quebec author lobby group, has issued a new copyright position paper that criticizes the expansion of fair dealing and calls for an extended licensing system.

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April 4, 2007 Comments are Disabled News