Canadian Copyright Update


Photo Credit: Renjith Krishnan

For Canadians who are following the copyright reform story, here are are a few updates:

  • Bill C-32 (the hotly debated proposal for amendments to the Copyright Act) has now died on the vine. When the government was defeated and Parliament was dissolved, all pending legislation fell off the order paper, including Bill C-32. The next Parliament is likely to take this issue up, but the timing and approach will depend on who forms government. 
  • While legislative reform idles, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) is carrying on.  The SCC has agreed to hear several major cases that will impact copyright law in Canada.
  • First the appeal in Entertainment Software Association (ESAC) et al. v. Society of Composers and Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) will address the use of music in video games. SOCAN (the organization responsible for collecting copyright royalties) asserts that royalties should apply to video games that incorporate copyright-protected music
  • Another SOCAN case is Rogers Communications Inc. v. SOCAN, and will also deal with royalties applicable to online music sales. 
  • A third SOCAN case (SOCAN v. Bell Canada ) will also be heard, dealing with the interpretation of the word “research” and whether 30-second song previews qualify as “fair dealing” for the purpose of the research and private study exception under the Copyright Act.

Related Event: Copyright Reform is Dead…. Long Live Copyright Reform!! For details and registration, please see the invitation.

Photo Credit: Renjith Krishnan

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