Meera Nair

More input invited for Bill C-32

In Posts on January 21, 2011 at 7:47 am

The Legislative Committee on Bill C-32 is soliciting further input from Canadians. In a news release dated to December 6, 2010, Canadians are invited to submit up to 10 pages of thought (if your thinking runs in the 5-10 page range, please include a one page executive summary.) The committee requested that if change is proposed, draft language would be helpful.

I suspect many will offer up suitable language; instead, I take this opportunity to draw attention to the highly toxic atmosphere that emerged in the wake of Bill C-32. Far beyond the text of copyright law itself, what will cripple Canada’s creative prospects is the enmity that sits between copyright representative associations and educational institutions.

In my brief I emphasize some of the points I’ve raised in this blog: the securing of writers’ income from educational uses by the Federal Court of Appeal in July 2010, the campaign of misinformation concerning the inclusion of “education” to fair dealing, the direction taken by Israel in terms of fair use and best practices, and the wisdom of Northrop Frye.

If you wish to contribute to the proceedings, submissions must be made by January 31, 2011 and sent to: CC32@parl.gc.ca

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