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Federal Copyright Review - Open Town Hall This Thursday

on May 7, 2018 - 3:37pm

This year, Parliament is conducting a Statutory Review of the Copyright Act. While often invisible, the Copyright Act touches on many aspects of Library work, and we encourage our members to get involved.


The Committee will be visiting Winnipeg this Thursday, May 10. There will be an open town hall event, where individuals can present a 2 minute position to the Committee. This will be held 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m., at the Radisson by Canada Inns, 288 Portage Avenue, in the Ambassador A Room. To speak, it is suggested you arrive at least 30 minutes early in order to register. It will be first come, first served.


CFLA has worked hard to prepare briefs on areas of copyright that touch on libraries, including the current possibility that license contracts can override our rights under the Copyright Act, the importance of Fair Dealing for libraries serving patrons' needs, ways that Indigenous knowledges can be better protected, and the unfair restrictions placed on the legal use of materials with Technological Protection Measures.


Beyond these specific issues, the Review is also looking at larger issues of supporting the Canadian publishing industry, and these are also issues that Libraries can speak to. You do not need to be an expert in the field to speak to the Committee - they are interested in hearing a range of voices and perspectives from Canadians.  


If you, or your institution, have any questions, Brianne Selman at the UWinnipeg Copyright Office has volunteered to be available to discuss how to get involved in the process, and the various issues at stake. You can contact her at . Written submissions for the Review will also be accepted, until the end of the year.