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Recommendations from Shifting Paradigms Report to Inform New Canadian Copyright Law

by Andrea Szwajcer on 2019-05-21T15:28:16-05:00 | Comments

The following recommendations were selected to those most directly consequential to academic products. The Shifting Paradigms report by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage can be found here (English).

Recommendation 1:  That the Government of Canada increase its support for creators and creative industries in adapting to new digital markets.

Recommendation 3: That the Government of Canada create educational materials to raise awareness of copyright provisions and artist remuneration for consumers. 

Recommendation 4: That the Government of Canada create educational materials to raise awareness of copyright provisions as well as artists’ rights and responsibilities under the Copyright Act for artists and creators.

Recommendation 6: That the Government of Canada increase its efforts to combat piracy and enforce copyright. 

Recommendation 7: That the Government of Canada pursue its commitment to implement the extension of copyright from 50 to 70 years after the author’s death.

Recommendation 11: That the Government of Canada amend the definition of sound recording found in section 2 of the Copyright Act to allow sound recordings used in television and film to be eligible for public performance remuneration. 

Recommendation 12: That the Government of Canada review, clarify and/or remove exceptions contained in the Copyright Act, ensuring that any exception respects section 9 of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, to which Canada is a signatory. 

Recommendation 13:  That the Government of Canada meet international treaty obligations (including Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement, and World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty). 

Recommendation 16: That the Government of Canada extend moral and economic rights to audiovisual performers. 

Recommendation 18: That Government of Canada amend the Act to clarify that fair dealing should not apply to educational institutions when the work is commercially available.

Recommendation 20: That the Government of Canada review, harmonize and improve the enforcement of the statutory damages for infringement for non-commercial use in section 38.1(1) of the Copyright Act.


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