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Canada opens a public consultation on the extension of the term of copyright protection

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By Emmanuel LegrandThe Canadian government has opened a public consultation related to the implementation of the extension of the general term of copyright protection "to consider whether to adopt accompanying measures to mitigate the potential implications of this longer term of protection." Canada has agreed to extend its general copyright term of protection from 50 to 70 years after the life of the author. The new provision is made necessary by Canada being party to the Canada-United States-...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Former Register of Copyrights and champion for creators’ rights Marybeth Peters dies aged 83

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The creative community has been paying tribute to Marybeth Peters, who served as the 11th Register of Copyrights from 1994 to 2010 and died Sept.ember 29 at the age of 83, following a long illness.

Karyn Temple, SEVP and Global General Counsel at Motion Picture Association and former Register of Copyrights, said in a LinkedIn blogpost that "copyright truly would not be the same" without her.

Current Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter said: “Marybeth Peters leaves an unparallele...

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US Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter joins the Council on Inclusive Innovation

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Shira Perlmutter, Register of Copyrights and Director of the US Copyright Office has joined the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)'s Council for Inclusive Innovation (CI2).

CI2 is chaired by Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director Kathi Vidal is Vice Chair. CI2 is tasked with helping the government in developing a national strategy for expanding innovation to build a more inclusive and expansive innovation ecosyste...

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Constitutional Court rules sections of South Africa’s Copyright Act are unconstitutional

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South Africa's Constitutional Court has unanimously ruled that sections of the Copyright Act of 1978 are unconstitutional for limiting access to reading materials in accessible formats for persons who are blind or visually impaired, without first securing permission from copyright holders.

The court has given Parliament 24 months to address the “unconstitutional” issues in the Copyright Act and "cure the defects in the act.". In the meantime, ConCourt allowed blind people to convert written ...

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