Meanwhile, in Canada... A Surprisingly Sensible Copyright Review

European Intellectual Property Review (Forthcoming)

Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper

13 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2019

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Carys J. Craig

Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto

Date Written: November 1, 2019

Abstract

A Standing Committee of Canada’s House of Commons recently conducted a statutorily mandated review of the Canadian Copyright Act, culminating in a final report that was released in June 2019. This Comment provides an overview of the context, substance, and significance of this surprisingly sensible and well-balanced Industry Committee report, and contrasts it against an earlier report of the Canadian Heritage Committee as well as recent copyright-expansionist developments in Europe. While “sensible” might seem like faint praise indeed, we live in a world in which common sense copyright policy is, alas, surprisingly far from common. This comment argues that supporters of balanced copyright, genuinely consultative processes, and evidence-based policy-making should therefore be rallying around the example set by Canada’s Copyright Act Review, for it reveals a possible route towards what is, unfortunately, an increasingly radical aspiration: a reasonably sensible copyright system.

Keywords: Copyright, Canadian Law, Limits and Exceptions, User Rights, Fair Dealing, Technological Protection Measures, User Generated Content, Collective Licensing, Digital Content, Value Gap

JEL Classification: K39, O34, O33, O38

Suggested Citation

Craig, Carys J., Meanwhile, in Canada... A Surprisingly Sensible Copyright Review (November 1, 2019). European Intellectual Property Review (Forthcoming), Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3494363

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