Supreme Court of Canada

On Friday 30 July the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) issued its judgement in the York v Access Copyright case, deciding that certified tariffs are not mandatory in a blow to the collective administration of copyright in Canada. The judgement drew disappointed and critical reactions from authors and publishers, and mounting calls for urgent legislative reform to fix a broken system.  

José Borghino talking at SCCR 41

The 41st session of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) took place in hybrid format from 28 June to 1 July. Member States agreed not to embark on any law-making (normative) discussions while face-to-face meetings remain impractical, but that hasn’t stopped some from trying to use the pandemic as a pretext for more and broader exceptions and limitations to copyright, especially in the field of education publishing.

John Assein at a press briefing

On July 6th, the Nigerian government announced that it had presented a new bill, The Copyright (Repeal) Bill, to the country’s National Assembly for approval. The proposed legislation, which represents the first significant reform of Nigeria’s copyright system in decades, is intended to strengthen authorities’ capacity to respond to the copyright challenges the country is facing.

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On 7 June, IPA held a webinar under the theme “Protecting the book market: strategies, challenges & best practices on copyright enforcement”. A panel of expert publishers and law enforcement officers shared their experience about the challenges brought by online piracy and the importance of appropriate legal frameworks to support copyright owners and authorities in tackling infringement, an essential activity to maintain a sustainable and vibrant book market.  

Banner ofr the IAF IFRRO Exceptions and Limitations event

IPA Secretary General, José Borghino, spoke recently on a panel called Creating a Living: Exceptions & Limitations to Copyright Balanced by Licensing’, which was organised by the International Authors Forum (IAF). He explained that publishers work closely with authors to leverage and exploit the exclusive rights they have in their written works. These rights were first compiled through the Berne Copyright Convention of 1886, which also included some exceptions and limitations to those rights. If those exceptions and limitations expand and multiply without preserving or nurturing the exclusive rights at the core of the system, then major imbalances arise.

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