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“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

IP Osgoode Hosts Free Copyright Symposium in Ottawa: Can Canada Learn Anything from Europe?

IP Osgoode is hosting a not-to-be-missed Symposium on Copyright – “Can Canada Learn Anything from Europe? European Perspectives on Copyright Law in the Information Era” will be held on Friday, October 21, 2011 at the Ottawa Convention Centre from 9am-5pm. There is no registration fee!

With speakers from Europe, the purpose of the Conference is to hear from their perspectives on various copyright issues. Scheduled panel sessions include:

Session 1: The Tortuous Path to Reform
Session 2: Collective Licensing: Promises and Pitfalls
Session 3: Enforcement: Has it a Future?
Session 4: Beyond Copyright: Contract and Commerce

The event will provide an opportunity to discuss and consider comparative and regional approaches emanating from Europe, which will contribute to ongoing debates regarding copyright and innovation policy in Canada. This comes with (im)perfect timing in the wake of our government’s re-introduction of the Copyright Modernization Act.


Joe Fafard at Ottawa Gallery Jean-Claude Bergeron

Saskatchewan artist Joe Fafard will be showing a number of works at the Galerie d’art Jean-Claude Bergeron, from today to September 25th. The Ottawa gallery has many of Fafard’s cow and horse portraits for sale.

Fafard is internationally renowned and according to the National Gallery of Canada, his art is thought to have “boldly blazed a path for the reinvigoration of sculpture in the Canadian contemporary art scene”.

For more on Fafard, and to see him at work as his career was just beginning, watch the 1973 NFB documentary “I Don’t Have to Work that Big”, by Michael McKennirey.

The Coupland Installation

Canadian artist Douglas Coupland is probably best known for his written work, such as Generation X and J Pod. As a true artist, however, he is hardly limited to the written word and in fact began his career as a visual artist.

In recent years Coupland has created a number of public art pieces such as a clock tower at Don Mills shopping centre, Canoe Landing Park and ‘Monument to the War of 1812′ (both in Toronto). His latest public art piece is called Group Portrait 1957 and will be permanently displayed at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa. On Saturday, September 24, Coupland will attend the unveiling and speak about the importance of public art.

Coupland proposed the piece as being  ”a work that reflects the Gallery’s curatorial mandate to transmit forward to future generations the work and ideas of its collection, specifically the work of Painters Eleven.”

For more information check out the Gallery’s webpage or the Facebook event page.