09 January 2012

Copyright in Canada

At the BIFHSGO meeting last Saturday I was asked about the situation regarding copyright in Canada. It's in flux.

Bill C-11, the Copyright Modernization Act, is currently being debated in Parliament. There is considerable concern about proposed provisions that would make it illegal to circumvent technological protection measures or digital locks used to prevent copyright infringement or piracy, provisions which would override the rights of users to use content for the purpose of fair dealing and education. You can keep up to date on the latest from an advocate for these jeopardized rights at Michael Geist's blog.

The Ottawa Public Library Board have a briefing note on Copyright Developments for their meeting on Monday, 9 January, which may be helpful to those struggling to understand the situation as if presently exists and may change. Read it at http://goo.gl/xzjwU.

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