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Policy proposals for Canadian copyright law

Michael Geist, law professor at the University of Ottawa and long-time copyright reform advocate, has published a detailed submission for the current public consultation process. Among several provisions, he proposes: "Enhance the public domain. Don’t extend the length of copyright even further... Also, eliminate the “crown copyright” that keeps government works out of the public domain."

Mr. Geist further calls for an enlargment of "the 'fair dealing' provision of the proposed Canadian law, thus expanding what we in the US call fair use." Finally, he writes that "copyright law should strive for balance between creator rights and users’ rights... The law must be technologically neutral...strive for simplification and clarity...[and] embrace flexibility."

Read full article here. [14sept09]

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