Copyright Laws + Recording Concerts, Web Design, Changes in Canada

Snippets from issue 3, 2012 volume of The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter:

“Have you ever been emailed a photograph of yourself, or come across one on a blog that was taken of you at a conference, and then tweeted, Facebooked, or posted that photo on your blog?  After all, it is a photograph of you, so you must own the photograph or, at the very least, the right to use it—wrong!”

-Editorial by Lesley Ellen Harris

“It happens at every show. Multiple times. As a form of diary. To remember the moment.  To brag.  To share the love.  Or simply because people have cell phones and can.  Most likely the majority of people reading this have done it.  But should you?  What are the legal issues arising from recording and posting concert footage?”

-Is Recording a Concert with Your Phone Illegal? by Randy Friedberg

“Canada’s Copyright Act dates back to 1924.  The Act has never been fully revised or replaced by a newer statute.  Rather, it has been amended on a piecemeal basis and continues to be amended by legislators, as well as applied to new technologies and circumstances that could not have been contemplated nearly 100 years ago.  As in copyright reform processes in all countries, copyright revision (and perhaps interpretation too) has become controversial and has pitted otherwise friendly parties such as authors and librarians, publishers and educators, and musicians and consumers, against one another in defending their particular interests in copyright.  In fact, during this last reform process, copyright law and copyright reform specifically has become a common topic in Canada in all communities creating and consuming traditional and digital content.

The accelerated speed at which copyright has “suddenly” hit the front lines may account for the increased topic of conversation on Canadian copyright law.  After fifteen years of attempts and three bills that were never passed, Canada has major amendments to her Copyright Act as of 29 June 2012 when Bill C-11 received Royal Assent. The amendments likely come into effect in Fall 2012 upon an Order in Council.”

-Significant Legislative Changes in Canadian Copyright Law by Lesley Ellen Harris

“The bottom line rule on copyright ownership, and one that often is misunderstood, is just because you paid to have your website designed does not mean that you own the copyrights (and other rights) in everything specifically designed for you.  And what are these many elements on which ownership may be pivotal?  Think both applications and content: things like the interface design, graphics, fonts, HTML code, content (text, images and more), databases, and scripts created for your digital space.”

-Copyright Issues in Web Design by Andrei Mincov

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2 Comments

  1. Lesley says:

    Great suggestion Denis. Will try to address that translations in The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter, and possibly on this blog too.

  2. Denis Bousquet says:

    I would like to read more about copyrights for translators, more specifically, what copyrights do translators have on their translations.

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