Twenty Years of Legal History (Making) at the Copyright Board of Canada
J. Beer, “Twenty Years of Legal History (Making) at the Copyright Board of Canada”, (2011) in The Copyright Board of Canada: Bridging Law and Economics for Twenty Years (Cowansville, Qc: Éditions Yvon Blais, 2011).
34 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2015
Date Written: 2011
During the past 20 years, more or less, copyright has evolved from a relatively obscure area of specialized legal practice to a topic at the forefront of public consciousness and policy debates. This metamorphosis might be due to technolog- ical innovation, social practices, commercial developments, or, most likely, some combination of those and other things. Mainstream media coverage is probably the best barometer of copyright’s growing importance, but there has also been a discernable increase in the judiciary’s attention to the issues.
Professor de Beer’s presentation seeks to underscore the crucial contributions of the Copyright Board on some of the most inter- esting and important copyright law matters decided during the past two decades. From concep- tual challenges to the integrity of the collective management system to policy choices about the balancing of stakeholder interests to technical disputes about over statutory interpretation, the Board has been instrumental in defining the shape of copyright practice in Canada today. As new copyright challenges continue to arise over the coming decades, the Board’s role is predicted to grow even larger.
Keywords: Copyright Law, Intellectual Property Law, Copyright Board of Canada
JEL Classification: O34
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