A balanced approach to the rights and interests of both users and owners of works protected by copyright is among the key recommendations of a brief on the Canadian Copyright Act, submitted to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology by Windsor law professors Pascale Chapdelaine and Myra Tawfik.
The committee conducts a statutory review every five years, intended to support the effective operation of the marketplace.
The brief was co-signed by nine other intellectual property scholars from various universities including York, Toronto, Concordia, Dalhousie, and the University of British Columbia.
The submitted brief focused on five critical areas of concern:
- Initiating a process of consultation with Indigenous peoples;
- Exceptions to copyright infringement and user rights;
- Open access for publicly-funded scientific publications;
- Major disruptive technological advances (i.e. works generated by artificial intelligence and the practice of text and data mining); and
- Remedies for copyright owners and copyright users.