Episode 155: Mark Swartz on the Harm Caused by Canada’s Copyright Term Extension

February 06, 2023 00:28:43
Episode 155: Mark Swartz on the Harm Caused by Canada’s Copyright Term Extension
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Episode 155: Mark Swartz on the Harm Caused by Canada’s Copyright Term Extension

Feb 06 2023 | 00:28:43

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Show Notes

Many Canadians started the new year with an unwelcome surprise as they learned that Canada had extended the term of copyright by additional 20 years with no mitigation measures or efforts to limit the harmful effects of the policy. That the extension did not get much attention was seemingly by design as the government buried it in a budget implementation bill and posted no news releases on it. Mark Swartz is a Scholarly Publishing Librarian at Queen’s University and has been an active participant in copyright reform issues for many years. He joins the Law Bytes podcast to talk about Canada’s approach to copyright term extension, the impact on the public domain, and what could come next.

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