The copyright case law of the Supreme Court of Canada and in particular CCH (2004) and Théberge(2002), has led to Canada being seen as a jurisdiction that is particularly attentive to the rights and interests of copyright users, when they compete with the rights and interests of authors and copyright holders. In light of major recent legislative and judicial developments in Canada, is this reputation deserved? How is Canada holding up in addressing competing interests in copyright law? To what extent is Canadian copyright law user-friendly?In 2012, more than fifteen years after the WIPO Internet Treaties (1996), significant amendments were made to Canada’s Copyright Act to adapt it to the exigencies of the digital environment. Also in 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered five significant copyright judgments that deal with issues ranging from technological neutrality to users’ rights to the scope of the right to communicate a work to the public by telecommunication.What can be learned from Canada’s long gestated legislative solutions to address the challenges of the digital environment? What do the five most recent copyright judgments by a well-respected Court bring to contemporary copyright jurisprudence? These are among the questions to be explored in this Seminar.
Recent Developments in Canadian Copyright Law: Users rights, TPMs, Technological Taxis and other Canadian Stories
Pascale Chapdelaine, Osgoode Hall Law School, Professor Graham Reynolds, Dalhousie University ; Chair: Professor David Vaver, Osgoode Hall Law School, and University of Oxford
08 May 2013, 5:15PM