Edmonton | PACE Summer Salon: Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act: 5 Years In

Professional Arts Coalition of EdmontonThe Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE) in partnership with The Book Publishers Association of Alberta, the Writers Guild of Alberta, Visual Arts Alberta-CARFAC, the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) and The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA)

Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act: Five Years In

Wed, 28 June, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
ATB Financial Arts Barns Lobby, ATB Financial Arts Barns, Old Strathcona
10330 84 Ave, Edmonton, AB T6E 2G9

Moderator: Glenn Rollans, Partner, Brush Education Inc.
Panelists: Linda Callaghan, lawyer, Ackroyd Law, Edmonton
Linda Cameron, Director, University of Alberta Press
Paddy Lamb, Alberta representative, National Board of CARFAC
Chris Wynters, Director, Festivals / Partnerships, Six Shooter Records
Jeananne Kathol Kirwin, author and lawyer, Kirwin LLP


Topic: The new Copyright Modernization Act took effect on 7 November, 2012. It was the first new copyright legislation in Canada in 20 years and attempted to bring our country into the modern digital age. The bill sought to strike a balance between protection of the rights of creators, and owners of creations, versus the rights of the consumer, allowing such things as time and format shifting and making back-up copies but prohibiting the circumvention of digital locks, even for personal use. Libraries and educational institutions were given greater latitude in reproducing creative works, and the scope of “fair dealing” was expanded in allowing use of parts of copyrighted works in education, satire and parody. At the same time, performers and photographers were made the primary owners of commissioned works. The new Act also called for a review of copyright law every five years.

The federal government’s mandated five-year review of the Act is expected to be announced late this year. In the meantime, PACE and our partners in this Salon wish to conduct our own review of the Act from the perspective of local Arts and Culture organizations and practitioners. What has been better under the new Act? What has proved problematic? What further reforms are needed?

Come and hear front-line experts talk about the Act and share your own professional experiences with the legislation.