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The Artist As User: the Problem with UGC in the new Copyright Act

Submitted by martha on August 6, 2013 – 1:04pm As I am preparing my course Cultural Production & the Law. I am setting aside a class to discuss user generated content. A refrain from anyone who has heard me speak knows that I do not see the utility of this provision. In Teresa Scassa’s article: […]

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Is the Commons Creative?

Submitted by martha on December 2, 2012 – 12:37pm I have been revisiting my statement to the Legislative Committee on Bill C-11. In April I attended Innovate/Activate in Berkeley awash with posters for Kony 2012. I went to I/A priarily as it drew from a wide range of those whose focus is on the public […]

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Bill C-11 – Next Steps

Submitted by martha on March 20, 2012 – 10:13am The clause by clause is complete and there is now an amended Bill C-11. Sadly the amendments do not address the many concerns that I, and many creators and educators I know, have about the impact of C-11. I have read a good amount of commentary […]

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Legislative Committee on Bill C-11: Text of Statement

Submitted by martha on March 9, 2012 – 11:51am March 7: Presentation to the Legislative Committee on Bill C-11 My name is Martha Rans and I am the Legal Director of the Artists’ Legal Outreach and Education Society(ALO) in Vancouver. I am a lawyer who has been advising artists for more than 18 years. The […]

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Legislative Committee on Bill C-11: Our Appearance March 7th at 3:30 pm est

Submitted by martha on February 29, 2012 – 4:03pm I am scheduled to appear March 7th, 2012 before the Parliamentary Committee on Bill C-11. You can watch it here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/committeebusiness/CommitteeMeetings.aspx?Cmte=CC11…. The previous letter on C-32 can be found at http://artistslegaloutreach.ca/node/285. For those who are interested here is the body of the letter sent to the […]

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Copyright Bill re-introduced

Submitted by martha on September 30, 2011 – 3:06pm Christian Paradis announced the reintroduction of Bill C-11 – a new Copyright Act yesterday. As predicted it is a continuation of the status quo – this is unfortunate given its many flaws.

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