On June 3, 2019, the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (Committee) released its "Statutory Review of the Copyright Act" report (Report). The Report is the result of an eighteen month period where the Committee heard from hundreds of witnesses to assess the current state of copyright law in Canada, and what reform, if any, the Committee recommends going forward.
The 182 page Report outlines 36 recommendations, which focus on:
Of particular note in the Report is recommendation 18, stating that the Copyright Act's fair dealing provision be illustrative rather than exhaustive. This recommendation, if implemented, would shift to a far less restrictive copyright regime, a notion that has been rejected by lawmakers in the past.
The Report in full can be found here.
Summary By: Hashim Ghazi
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