Day: December 9, 2011

Webcasts of the Supreme Court copyright cases now availableWebcasts of the Supreme Court copyright cases now available



The webcasts of the five Supreme Court of Canada copyright appeals are now available. The ESA/Bell v SOCAN “communicate to the public” and the SOCAN v Bell fair dealing cases can be viewed here. (They are streams and not downloads and so are communications.) The K-12 Access Copyright and Re:Sound appeals can be viewed here.

UK: “not practical” to adopt US fair useUK: “not practical” to adopt US fair use



The UK will not adopt US fair use. This was revealed in statements made by Baroness Wilcox, the UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Business, Innovation and Skills and John Alty, Chief Executive and Comptroller General, Intellectual Property Office, in testimony before the UK Business, Innovation and Skills Committee on November 15, 2011.

Here is a extract from the testimony.

Q219 Chair : At the time, there were assertions that companies such as Google would not start up in this country because of the UK copyright law.

Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2011-12-09Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2011-12-09