European Copyright Directive inches towards adoption

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Things are heating up in the discussions on the EU Copyright Directive. Ahead of a recent committee vote in the European Parliament there were trucks with billboards and elected officials receiving tens of thousands of emails in 24 hours, and death threats!

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Drawing lines between Australia and Canada

With a copyright consultation underway in Australia, and Canada going through its own copyright review process, it is interesting to see lines being drawn between the two countries’ approaches to educational exceptions.
Following incorrect assertions made during the Canadian copyright review process about how copyright operated in Australia, the Australian Copyright Council together with the Australian Society of Authors, the Australian Publishers Association and Copyright Agency published an overview of the country’s legal framework as a way of assisting the Canadian Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology’s review.

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IPA Vice-President testifies in Canadian Copyright Review

IPA Vice President, Hugo Setzer

In 2012 Canada changed its copyright law to include education as part of its fair-dealing exception to Copyright. The Copyright Act is now under review and the IPA and its Canadian members have testified to the negative impact of the extended exception.

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Publishing delegation attends WIPO Copyright Committee

IPA Delegation at SCCR

Negotiations on possible future international treaties on copyright dominated the last week of May at the meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) at The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). IPA reported daily on the discussions which concluded with a surprise.

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European Commission VP delivers Charles Clark Memorial Lecture

Andrus Ansip deliver Charles Clark Memorial Lecture

With draft European Union copyright rules currently under debate, European Commission Vice President, Andrus Ansip, came to the London Book Fair to share the logic behind the proposals and came away impressed by what he saw at the fair.

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Copyright law changes afoot in Japan and Ireland

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Ministries in both countries have recently published draft proposals looking at exceptions for text and data mining, among other things.

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