Learning about Canadian and U.S. copyright law from either side of the border can be difficult. How do the Canadian and U.S. copyright laws compare? Do you apply Canadian or U.S. copyright law when reproducing an article by a U.S. author in Canada? Or what if you are posting the article in a website from your office in Canada? My new book, Canadian Copyright Law, 4th edition, and its accompanying Canadian Copyright Law website can help you answer these questions. Chapter 15, An Overview of American Copyright Law, can be especially helpful.
I've also recently developed an eTutorial on U.S. Copyright Law for Canadians - the essentials Canadians need to know. There's so much confusion between the laws of the two countries. Does fair use only apply in U.S.? How does the Canadian fair dealing provision apply in both countries - or does it? Lots of interesting and confusing concepts and practical applications to learn.
Copyright 49 provides a discussion forum on the interplay, issues and relevancy of U.S. copyright to Canadians. With the two countries sharing a border, and sharing many elements of their cultural, content and information industries, it's important to understand how U.S. copyright events, proposed legislation, current law, and court cases affect these industries in Canada.
I am a Canadian copyright lawyer, author of the book, Canadian Copyright Law, 4th ed., and I currently live in the Washington DC area. I love being able to be current on Canadian, U.S. and global copyright issues. I attend various copyright events in DC, keep a pulse on U.S. legislation and court cases, and am on top of trends in the copyright industries in the U.S., Canada and around the world. If there's a copyright issue you need to specifically follow or want in-depth analysis of an issue on this blog, please contact me at: "lesley at copyrightlaws.com". -- Lesley