Chapter 3, Copyright Reform Agenda (continued)

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D. Third Grouping: Long-Term Reform Agenda (beyond 4 years)

These issues have been identified through the Government of Canada's monitoring of a continuously changing domestic and international environment. On the domestic scene, this monitoring has included tracking both new technologies and any new goods and services that may result in new business opportunities. Some of these issues raise questions about the fundamental nature of copyright protection. Research and analytical work continues in these areas toward building a policy that responds to domestic concerns, while also defining Canada's international position. Canada's monitoring of the international scene includes participating in fora, such as the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, as well as in ongoing meetings about treaty and international trade mechanisms where many issues remain unsettled. In the area of traditional knowledge and folklore, for example, much work is being done now, but more work is needed both domestically (e.g. the Minister of Canadian Heritage's National Gathering on Traditional Knowledge in 2004) and internationally (e.g. ongoing work at the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore) in order for the Government of Canada's policy recommendations to mature. This grouping of long-term issues includes:

  • traditional knowledge (Refer to Chapter 2: A.1.19);
  • database protection (Refer to Chapter 2: A.1.4);
  • audiovisual performers' rights (Refer to Chapter 2: A.2.3);
  • signal rights for broadcasters (Refer to Chapter 2: A.2.4 ); and
  • clarifying and simplifying the Act.

The table below highlights the main policy issues that are part of the Government of Canada's proposed legislative reform agenda. In moving forward with the agenda, the Government of Canada will continue to acknowledge stakeholder interests, consider international developments and respond to parliamentarians' recommendations in support of the modernization of the Copyright Act.

Legislative Work Ahead

  • 1 – 2 Years
    • WCT and WPPT Issues
    • ISP Liability
    • Access and Education Issues
    • Photography Issues
    • Section 7 (Unpublished Works)
  • 2 – 4 Years
    • Further / New Technology Issues
    • Audiovisual Works
    • Crown Copyright
    • Collective Rights Management
    • Terms of Protection
    • Ephemeral Recording Exception
    • Private Copying Regime
  • 4 Years and Beyond
    • Traditional Knowledge
    • Databases
    • Performers' Rights
    • Signal Rights for Broadcasters
    • Clarification and Simplification of the Act

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