[...] The bill also proposes to extend fair dealing exemptions to cover satire, parody and education — meaning students, educators, artists and satirists can break copyright under limited circumstances if the use itself is fair. Canada’s copyright law already allows for the use of copyright material for non-commercial research and study.
The Conservatives are also proposing, through the so-called “YouTube” or “mash-up” provision, to make it legal for people to remix creative content into new works — as long as it’s for non-commercial purposes and does not have a significant adverse effect on rights-holders.
The bill also will enshrine in law a “notice-and-notice” approach to Internet Service Provider liability, to protect Internet intermediaries from liability for the actions of their users. Without such protections, ISPs, search engines, video sites and blog hosts are more likely to remove legitimate content if they face legal threats.
And when it comes statutory damages, the bill distinguishes between commercial and non-commercial copyright infringement, placing a $5,000 cap on liability in non-commercial cases such as picking a lock on a DVD purchased overseas to watch at home. [...]
[...] The federal government plans to fast-track the legislation through a special committee and have it passed into law by Christmas, federal Industry Minister James Moore said. [...]
Michael Geist, a university of Ottawa law professor and Toronto Star contributor, said he remains very concerned that Canadian legislators are “caving to U.S. interests.”
In a Toronto Star article on Sept. 3, Geist cited secret cables released by Wiki Leaks that exposed “a stunning willingness” by senior Canadian officials to appease American demands for a U.S. style copyright law. [...]
Canadian photographers welcome the introduction of copyright reformhttp://www.thestar.com/business/article/1062119--digital-copyright-bill-to-be-fast-trackedhttp://news.nationalpost.com/2011/09/29/not-caving-to-u-s-on-copyright-bill-heritage-minister/http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2011/29/c7831.html
OTTAWA, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Photographers Coalition (CPC) welcomes the reintroduction of Copyright reform legislation. The Copyright Modernization Act includes a provision to award photographers first ownership on commissioned works; a right held by all other creators. [...]