Saturday, January 2, 2010

Orphan works

Just read an interesting article stating that were U.S. copyright duration not extended an extra 20 years, many more works would now be in the public domain and orphan works legislation would be less important to those seeking use of still protected materials in the U.S.

In relation to Canada, with a duration of life + 50 and an unlocatable copyright owner provision -- does that mean Canada's copyright policy is good, or at least balanced policy? Of course, when Canadian works are used in the U.S., U.S. copyright law (life + 70 and no unlocatable copyright owner provision exists), the use of those works are subject to U.S. law (and of course vice versa.)

Lesley

Copyright Reform in 2010

Nothing recent on the Canadian copyright law reform front. Government consultations ended in the Fall -- full info at http://copyright.econsultation.ca/.

Parliament has been prorogued until March 2010. The next throne speech will be March 3 2010. Mention of copyright and copyright reform will be reported here at that time.

Best for the new year!

Lesley