November 16, 2009 by Adrian Scotchmer
Adrian Scotchmer is the Editor-in-Chief of the Osgoode Hall Review of Law and Policy.
The latest issue of the Osgoode Hall Review of Law and Policy may be of interest to readers of IP Osgoode as it concerns the recent Copyright Consultations held by the Minister of Industry and the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. On July 20, 2009, the Minister of Industry and the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages launched a consultation process seeking Canadians’ views on the appropriate nature, extent, and scope of copyright reform. The Conservatives’ previous attempt at copyright reform, in the form of Bill C-61, encountered significant opposition but ultimately died on the order paper when an election was called. In an effort to improve on that bill and to respond to objections that the process underlying the introduction of Bill C-61 was insufficiently transparent, the government launched a consultation process. The public could participate in this process by making written submissions, participating in the online discussion forum, attending one of the public town halls in Montreal or Toronto, or by attending one of the invitation-only round tables.