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What’s buzzing in Canadian copyright law?
- The Statutory Review of the Copyright Act by the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) , and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage report, Shifting Paradigms
- Amendments to the Copyright Act due to the USMCA (see below)
- York University’s appeal to the recent federal court fair dealing decision against them initiated by Access Copyright (see below)
How can you learn more about Canadian copyright law?
- Certificate in Canadian Copyright Law has open enrollment until 1 April 2020. Register Now!
- Canadian Copyright Law eTutorial begins 1 April 2020. Register here!
- NEW: Defining Your Role as the Go-To Copyright Person (Canadian version) begins 23 March 2020. Register here!
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Certificate in Canadian Copyright Law
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It’s intended for those new to copyright or those seeking to enhance their current knowledge base. The program equips you with knowledge of copyright principles, with the primary focus on practical skills that can be adapted to individual needs. The fee for an individual is $1,499 (in Canadian currency).
Enrolment is open for the spring 2020 cohort.
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— Amra Porobic, Manager, Library Services, Insurance Bureau of Canada
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— Carolyn R. Wilker, Freelance Editor/Writer
I loved the Certificate program, it exceeded my expectations. Each tutorial delivered copyright information in an easy-to-understand format and I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of information that we received. After the program, my priority is to revise the copyright portion of our contracts. I will also make a copyright adherence policy for staff and begin staff copyright education. The program has been a very valuable experience for me and has made me feel more secure in managing copyright at work. I definitely recommend the Certificate program to others.
— Nicole Fletcher, Collections Manager, Winnipeg Art Gallery
The Certificate program has done wonders for me in terms of fuelling my confidence in my ability to do the job. I will be pushing for a more centralized approach to copyright administration — most immediately the completion of a long-promised database for managing copyright permissions.
— David M.P. Leggett, Library & Copyright Assistant, Northern Lights College
Canadian Copyright Law eTutorial
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Fair Dealing Court Cases
Access Copyright and York University
On 31 July 2017, York University announced it would appeal the recent federal court fair dealing decision against them initiated by Access Copyright. York filed its Notice of Appeal on 22 September 2017. A summary of the court decision is here. Update: Hearings in the appeal of the Federal Court’s decision took place on 5 – 6 March 2019.
Copibec and Université Laval
On 13 November 2018, Copibec announced the conclusion of its lawsuit against Université Laval:
Copibec and Université Laval are pleased to announce that their out-of-court settlement agreement was approved by Justice Simon Hébert of the Quebec Superior Courtand that Université Laval has signed the comprehensive licence agreement applicable to Quebec universities.
The Court’s approval of the settlement has now put an end to the legal dispute between the two parties concerning copyright royalty management for the university’s teaching and research activities. Both parties are looking forward to once again working collaboratively for the benefit of authors, publishers, teaching personnel and students.
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)
On 30 September 2018, Canada, Mexico and the United States announced the completion of negotiations towards a new trade agreement to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) includes a chapter on intellectual property. Among other things, it requires member countries to protect copyright for a minimum of 70 years after an author’s death. Currently, the copyright duration in Canada is 50 years after an author’s death.
For information on the USMCA, and the procedure for implementing a new trade agreement, see the Canadian government website.
Bill C-100, An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States was introduced into the Canadian Parliament on 29 May 2019.
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