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Cinar v Robinson – CLaw and McGill’s Copyright Pub Night

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What: uOttawa CLaw and McGill’s Copyright Pub Night
When: Tues, Feb 12th, 8:00 pm (Pub Night); Wed, Feb 13th, 9:30am (SCC Hearing, Cinar v Robinson)
Where: Fox and Feather, 283 Elgin Street (Pub Night); SCC, 301 Wellington Street (SCC Hearing, Cinar v Robinson)

Cinar v Robinson is being heard before the SCC on Wednesday, February 13th. This is a a copyright case determining whether the cartoon from a mid-nineties series (“Robinson Sucroë”) represents a substantial reproduction of “Robinson Curiosité” – an educational TV series for children. Students from McGill Law will be joining students from uOttawa CLaw to attend the hearing. All are invited to attend. The hearing starts at 9:30am at the Supreme Court, which is located at 301 Wellington Street.

There will also be a pub night on Tuesday, February 12th, at the Fox and Feather with students and professors from both schools. This will be a great opportunity to meet fellow law students, professors and members of the community interested in copyright and creative industries. Join us for drinks, food, and good times!

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The New Deal: HitRECord – Remixing Within Legal Limits

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, best known for his acting gigs, has been working on a side project since early 2010 – HitRECord. He describes HitRECord as an “open collaborative production company” that works with movies, music, art, and writing. By creating a free account on the site, anyone can upload any creative content (a.k.a. “RECord”), making it available for other users to mix, sample, or add on. This project is different from sites like YouTube, which allow users to share and view content. Rather, HitRECord aims to encourage online collaboration – it is less of an exhibition space and more of a studio for artists to work together.

The concept behind this project is to address the exclusivity of Hollywood and mainstream cultural industries by creating a space where anyone can take an active role in the creation and production of content. The success of the project is demonstrated by the content it has already produced. Last year, HitRECord released an anthology of works including music, a DVD of videos, and a book of writing and visual art. HitRECord content has been showcased at SXSW, Sundance, and the Orpheum Theatre in LA. A 3-book deal was also recently signed with an imprint of Harper Collins.

The question is: how can this project, one that is premised on remixing and using other people’s content, work within the confines of copyright and intellectual property laws? To keep the project legal, it created a unique set of rules, “The HitRECord Accord“ – essentially a comprehensive terms of use. On the project’s FAQ page, it acknowledges that in order for the project to work a lot of trust must be placed on the user. For example, one clause in the Accord states that any content a user uploads must be owned entirely by the user, and must not contain anyone else’s work that the user does not have the rights to distribute.

HitRECord is a project that found a way to work within legal limits while making cultural and artistic production more accessible to the public. More importantly, it brings a social aspect to art-making by fostering a sense of community and collaboration between users online. Check out the HitRECord website for more information about how it works, browse through some of the recent collaborations, and get involved!

“Yours, Mine, Ours” Copyright Discussion Panel Now Available Online

On November 28, 2011, CLaw and CIPPIC jointly organized a panel discussion on the current state of fair-dealing and copyright law in Canada.

Speakers included Gerry Burtenshaw (Legitmix), Jacques Ménard (DOC), Aidan O’Neill (Fasken Martineau), and Martha Rans (ALO), with David Fewer of CIPPIC as moderator. Attendees from the law school and the arts & cultural community at large were treated to a fascinating range of perspectives. Issues around the copyright “pie” such as practical impediments to the practice of visual artists and filmmakers, Bill C-11′s proposed “YouTube Provision”, and the law’s potential hindrance to technological innovation were discussed at length.

Listen in on the recording, available in its entirety here (or at the link below), and add your own views or comments to particular points of personal interest!

CLaw & CIPPIC “Yours, Mine, Ours” Copyright Discussion Panel | Audio Recording by UOttawaClaw

Yours, Mine, Ours: A Panel Discussion on Fair Dealing & Copyright Law in Canada

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The Creative Law Society & the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic present:

Yours, Mine, Ours: Fair Dealing & Copyright Law in Canada
Discussion Panel

DATE: Mon, Nov 28, 2011, 4:00-5:30pm
PLACE: Lamoureux Hall 407 – University of Ottawa

Gerry Burtenshaw, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Legitmix, a music remix platform that allows users to create and sell remixes, mash-ups and sample-based tracks outside the conventional licensing process.
Jacques Ménard, documentary filmmaker and producer, Board Member of the Documentary Organization of Canada.
Aidan O’Neill, Partner, Fasken Martineau, specializing in IP, media and communications law.
Martha Rans, lawyer and arts advocate, Founder and Legal Director of the Artists’ Legal Outreach in British Columbia.

David Fewer, IP and technology lawyer, director of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)

Is copyright important for artists? Are initiatives such as Creative Commons good for creators? What does a “YouTube exception” mean for content providers? With Bill C-11, the new copyright legislation currently before Parliament, the legal landscape for the creative sector is on the edge of major change. CLaw and CIPPIC invite you to a lively discussion and debate that reflects perspectives from across the user/creator spectrum.

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