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Navigating the New Copyright Waters

By Jeffrey D. Morton

Significant developments in Canadian copyright law occurred during 2012: in July, as reported in our Knowledge Bytes newsletter, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down five key copyright decisions, and in November 2012 significant amendments to the Copyright Act (the “Act”) came into force. Many of these amendments directly impact higher learning institutions, which are well-known environments for developing, fostering, and producing original written, musical, artistic, and dramatic works that are subject to copyright protection. This article details a number of the most significant changes to the Act that impact higher learning institutions. Understanding these amendments is essential for higher learning institutions as they work towards balancing competing copyright-related interests.