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Reviewing copyright? Check the glossary. – Policy Options

by ahnationtalk on July 13, 201752 Views

Canada’s artists face real problems as a result of the 2012 Copyright Act changes. They were bad policy, and the policy must be changed.

Before Canada dives into its mandated review of the Copyright Act, it would be helpful to refresh our understanding of some key terms essential to understanding copyright.


Copyright, we’re often told, is all about balance. We are apparently looking for perfect equilibrium between opposing groups: rights holders and users.

Who are the real people we’re trying to balance? One is a discrete group of cultural professionals who have created works in a precarious economy marked by risky entrepreneurship and constant innovation. The other is a limitless population of potential consumers stretching forward throughout time. The user group is overwhelmingly larger than the creator group. In fact, it even includes all of the individual members of the creator group in its vast numbers.

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