Thursday, October 4, 2012

Canadian Copyright Law


There have only been three major amendments made to the 1924 Canadian Copyright Act: in 1988; 1997; and in 2012. Ironically, although the Supreme Court of Canada has dealt with relatively few copyright cases in Canada, in July 2012, five copyright decisions were handed down.  The amendments and court cases now put Canada on the map for its pace in revising its copyright laws.
 
The legislative changes and court decisions are widespread and complex.  Librarians, educators, publishers, lawyers and others are currently reading and rereading the cases and legislation and determining the effects on their creation, dissemination and use of content. 

Join SLA + Copyrightlaws.com for an online course beginning 11 October on Canadian Copyright Law Principles. Understand what's in the Canadian copyright law, including the 2012 changes, and how you can manage copyright issues in your library and organization. http://www.sla.org/content/learn/certificates/copyright/copyrightprogram/CCM2013/CCM201.cfm

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Bill C-11, Copyright Reform in Canada

The Canadian government introduced on 29 September 2011, Bill C-11, An Act to Amend the Copyright Act. This bill is identical to Bill C-32 which was introduced in June 2010. Bill C-32 died in March 2011 when the Canadian government fell in a vote of no confidence. This is the 4th attempt at amending the 1924 Canadian Copyright Act in order to address newer ways in which we all create, distribute and use copyright-protected works, and in order for Canada to be able to join the two digital WIPO treaties. There are some indications that the bill could be fast tracked and passed by the end of 2011.

It couldn't be a better time to refresh your knowledge about Canadian copyright law and get familiar with the proposed amendments to the Canadian Copyright Act. You’ll find CCM201. Canadian Copyright Law Principles a great opportunity to learn about and understand Canadian copyright law. Whether a primer or refresher on the basics of Canadian copyright law, looking for interesting discussions with colleagues, wanting to learn more about the proposed amendments, this course will meet your needs.

Dates: October 17th – November 7th
Format: 3 live online sessions, discussion list participation, and independent readings

Topics include:
+ Background and composition of Canadian copyright law
+ Copyright reform history and discussion of proposed copyright amendments introduced 29 September 2011
+ Criteria for copyright protection and what works are protected
+ How to protect copyright works
+ Ownership, protection and exploitation of rights
+ Fair dealing and exceptions for libraries, archives, and museums
+ Obtaining copyright permissions
+ Copyright infringement and remedies
+ Comparison of Canadian and U.S. copyright laws


CCM201 is offered as part of the Certificate in Copyright Management, but may be taken à la carte.

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