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C-32: An Act to modernize or to expropriate copyright?




Date: January 25, 2011
Time: 5 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: University of Ottawa, Desmarais Building, 12th floor, Room 110

Join us in a debate on Bill C-32, a bill before Parliament to modernize the Copyright Act. You will hear a variety of perspectives on this controversial issue from a panel of artists, legal experts and representatives from the education community.

In its current form, Bill C-32 proposes several exceptions for educational institutions and other users that will allow for more free use of copyrighted material. Many are arguing that the bill will provide both students and teachers access to the tools, creative content and media needed to enrich their learning environment and foster the development of the knowledge economy. Meanwhile, artists and creators are convinced that by allowing their original works to be used without any form of compensation, C-32 is a threat to Canadian creativity and to their livelihood.

This forum will allow both sides to present their point of view and will offer a unique opportunity to discuss the impact of copyright law on artists, students, teachers and you.


Roanie Levy – General Counsel and Director, Policy and External Affairs, Access Copyright

John Degen – Poet and novelist

J. Aidan O’Neill – Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Spencer Keys – Government Relations Officer, Canadian Alliance of Student Associations