John Cotter | Canadian Press | November 15, 2013
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday struck down Alberta’s privacy law as unconstitutional in a case where a union photographed and videotaped people crossing a picket line during a long strike...
The union posted signs near the picket line saying images of people crossing the line might be posted on a website.
Several people cited Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act in their complaints to the provincial information and privacy commissioner.
The commissioner appointed an adjudicator, who ruled that the union had violated the act.
But a court found that the ruling violated the union’s rights and the Alberta Court of Appeal granted the union a constitutional exemption from the act.
The Supreme Court, in a 9-0 ruling, essentially agreed, but also threw out the whole law. It has given the province a year to make appropriate changes.
As reported by ars technica, a U.S. District court has ruled on Authors Guild v Google and considers the book "snippets" Google posts to be "fair use". Thank goodness, because they are very useful when I am trying to find bibliographic citations to locate obscure copyright holders.
Terry O'Brien, Education and Outreach Manager for SOCAN, will be at UVic on November 21st to talk to students, creators and mucisians on campus about music creation, how music creators are paid, music industry business practices and the overall role of SOCAN in the rights management landscape, as well as a brief overview on other rights and collectives for context.
If you are a creator, or are interested in music business and new media, please consider attending one of the free drop in sessions hosted at the McPherson Library in Room 210 at 10 AM and 2 PM. Students, faculty, staff and community members welcome.
Terry O'Brien, Education and Outreach Manager
"Based in Vancouver, BC, Terry O’Brien is SOCAN’s Education & Outreach Manager for the West Coast Division. Terry has over 30 years' experience in the music industry as a music publisher, composer, musician and recording artist, producer, DJ, consultant and teacher, as well as wholesale and retail music sales. Prior to joining SOCAN in 2000, Terry held the position of Vice President & General Manager of BMG Music Publishing Canada Inc. During his time at BMG, Terry was also a Director of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), BMG Ricordi Canada and sat as an Executive Board Member of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA). He has served twice as a Juno Awards judge, a FACTOR Super Jury member and has appeared on numerous panels for SOCAN, Canadian Music Week, New Music West, North by Northeast, New Forms Festival, Western Canadian Music Week, Winter Music Conference and Canadian Country Music Week, among others. In 2002 Terry returned again to his creative roots and has since released three independent CDs of ... soundscapes on his own micro label, Disappearing Music." (from http://www.socan.ca/creators/copyright )
"SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) is a not-for-profit organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of millions of Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 100,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry.
Through licences, SOCAN gives businesses that use music the freedom to use any music they want, legally and ethically. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 businesses coast to coast and distributes royalties to its members and peer organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of Canadian music around the world in collaboration with its peer societies.
In addition, SOCAN plays a leadership role in mentoring emerging creators on various aspects of the craft and business of music. We also advocate on behalf of our members to ensure that copyright is respected and that creators are appropriately remunerated for the use of their work." (from http://www.socan.ca/about)
October 25, 2013 | Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC)
The ACCC recently announceed its withdrawal as an official objector in the judicial proceeding at the Copyright Board of Canada on Post-Secondary Education Tariff, filed by Access Copyright. The ACCC cited several factors influencing its decisions, including revised copyright legislation and Supreme Court of Canada's interpretation on fair dealing in an education context.
For news release see: http://www.accc.ca/xp/index.php/en/comm/news-releases/769-nr-oct25-2013copyright
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