February 22nd 2012
DOC submits its proposal for a documentary exemption to the Legislative Committee studying Bill C-11, the Copyright Modernization Act. The purpose is to exempt documentary filmmakers from being unduly restricted by TPMs (technical protection measures, or digital locks). DOC is delighted to have received the support of the International Documentary Association (IDA) on this front. IDA has had to contend with similar measures within the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) and has successfully negotiated a documentary exemption in the U.S.
October 19th 2011
DOC publishes The Search for Fair Dealing: Report on the DOC Road Show. The report details the results from the 2010/2011 Road Show and analyzes the impact of DOC's Fair Dealing Guidelines.
To download the report, click here.
February 17th 2011
DOC finalizes its position on Bill C-32 and presents a brief to the Legislative Committee. Read the brief here.
February 7th 2011
DOC's National Fairdealing Roadshow announces upcoming Hallifax and Ottawa panels
DOC is pleased to announce upcoming Fair Dealing panels in Halfax on February 12th and in Ottawa on February 16th. For full panel details and information about the events:
click here for Halifax.
click here for Ottawa.
January 24th 2011
DOC's Fair Dealing Roadshow announces its Toronto panel
On Thursday January 27th DOC National's Fair Dealing Roadshow will make
its Toronto stop at Ryerson University with panelists Barry Avrich,
Robin Smith, Debbie Schween and Bob Tarantino.For full event details and panelist biographies click here.
January 20th 2011
Fairdealing Hits the Road!
DOC is pleased to announce the Fairdealing Roadshow's upcoming scheduled stops! Fast-approaching is Toronto on Thursday, January 27th at Ryerson University. Below are the event and panel details:
Date: Thursday, January 27th 2011
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Location: Ryerson University - Eaton Theatre - 80 Gould Street, Rogers Communication Centre, Room 204
The panel discussion moderated by DOC's Executive Director Lisa Fitzgibbons
will include Debbie Schween, APTN, Legal Affairs; Robin Smith,
KinoSmith, CEO and Bob Tarantino, Heenan Blaikie, Lawyer.
To read the press release (including following Roadshow locations) click here.
June 2 2010
DOC issues a press release in response to the proposed amendments to Canada's Copyright Act. To read the press release, please click here.
May 14 2010
DOC issues a press release for its guidelines to Fair Dealing and Copyright. To read the press release, please click here.
May 7 2010
DOC publishes the long-awaited Fair Dealing and Copyright: Guidelines for Documentary Filmmakers which is distributed at the Doc Summit as part of Hot Docs. As part of the Summit, CIPPICâ€™s Executive Director, David Fewer, and Brett Gaylor, director of RIP: A Remix Manifesto give a presentation on How Far is Fair? The release is timely as a copyright bill is expected in the next few weeks. Click here for the guidelines.
March 25 2010
DOC signs on to the Fair is Fair campaign and all members are encouraged to write to their MP on this matter. Click here for more information.
March 24 2010
Last week, NDP MP Charlie Angus introduced two proposals touching on Copyright and Fair Dealing. For more information, click here.
December 21, 2009
DOC reacts to trade negotiations that would impact copyright legislation and adversely affect documentary filmmakers. More here.
December 10, 2009
The International Copyright Balance and Documentary Film Project of American University, is releasing a groundbreaking report and film on the experiences of South African documentary filmmakers with copyright clearance obligations. The report and film, sponsored by the Ford Foundation, will be simultaneously released at a film screening and workshops with filmmakers December 10-12, 2009, in Johannesburg, South Africa, and on the web at wcl.american.edu/pijip/go/internationalfilm
September 11, 2009
DOC files its submission regarding copyright consultations taking place nationwide. To read DOC's submission, please click here.
2009 Copyright Reform Consultations
Click here to read a transcript of Merit Jensen-Carr's discussion at the copyright roundtable and public hearing in Winnipeg
Tracking the Copyright Consultation Roundtables: Fair Dealing Emerges As Top Issue. Please Click Here.
Dear DOC Members,
Heritage Canada and Industry Canada are holding public consultations across Canada about how to change copyright for the benefit of all Canadians. Documentary filmmakers are in an unique position for these consultations: we are both copyright owners for our own work and copyright users in that we need to access visual and audio media owned by others to tell our stories.
One of the ways that documentary filmmakers can use copyrighted work is through â€śFair Dealing.â€ť The problem with Fair Dealing is that very few cases have ever gone to court and without a body of jurisprudence to define how Fair Dealing should be applied to documentary films, the legal teams for E&O insurers, broadcasters and lawyers representing our members often err on the side of caution, and a â€śculture of clearanceâ€ť has developed.
In the last few years, DOC has been working with the lawyers from University of Ottawa to create a legal framework for the use of Fair Dealing as it relates to documentary films.
We encourage all members to support our position by answering the 5 questions on the copyright consultation website as they apply to the documentaries you are creating or by attending the last townhall being scheduled in Toronto on August 27th. (A Montreal town was held in July, to view it, please go here.)
Speaking points about Fair Dealing as it applies to documentaries have been drafted for you to use in your replies which you will find enclosed.
DOC was recently invited to participate at a roundtable consultation in Winnipeg and we thank board member Merit Jensen-Carr for presenting our position on our behalf. Finally, DOC will be submitting a written position before the end of the consultations, on September 13.
Heritage Canada and Industry Canada are actively listening on this issue, and this is our opportunity to have our voices heard as new copyright legislation is being drafted.
Please take a moment to present your views on Fair Dealing.
Chair, Copyright Committee
Please click here to read more about the consultations, and access the talking points.
Patrimoine canadien et Industrie Canada mĂ¨nent des consultations Ă l'Ă©chelle nationale sur la maniĂ¨re de moderniser le droit d'auteur Ă l'avantage de tous les Canadiens. Les documentaristes occupent une situation privilĂ©giĂ©e pour cette consultation : nous sommes Ă la fois les titulaires des droits d'auteur de nos propres Ĺ“uvres et des utilisateurs de droits d'auteur en ce que nous devons avoir accĂ¨s aux mĂ©dias visuels et audio dĂ©tenus par d'autres afin de pouvoir prĂ©senter nos rĂ©cits.
Lâ€™Â« utilisation Ă©quitable Â» constitue lâ€™une des faĂ§ons dont les documentaristes peuvent utiliser les Ĺ“uvres protĂ©gĂ©es par le droit d'auteur. La difficultĂ© que soulĂ¨ve l'utilisation Ă©quitable est que trĂ¨s peu d'affaires ont Ă©tĂ© instruites par les tribunaux en l'absence de jurisprudence pour dĂ©finir la maniĂ¨re d'appliquer l'utilisation Ă©quitable aux documentaires. Les avocats des sociĂ©tĂ©s d'assurance erreurs et omission, les radiodiffuseurs et les avocats qui reprĂ©sentent nos membres pĂ¨chent souvent par excĂ¨s de prudence et une Â« culture d'obtention des droits Â» a vu le jour.
Au cours des derniĂ¨res annĂ©es, DOC a collaborĂ© avec les avocats de l'UniversitĂ© d'Ottawa pour Ă©laborer un cadre juridique pour l'utilisation Ă©quitable en lien avec les documentaires.
Nous incitons tous les membres Ă appuyer notre position en rĂ©pondant aux cinq questions sur le site Web des consultations sur le droit d'auteur en ce qu'elles s'appliquent aux documentaires que vous crĂ©ez ou en participant Ă la derniĂ¨re assemblĂ©e publique prĂ©vue pour le 27 aoĂ»t prochain Ă Toronto. (Une assemblĂ©e publique a eu lieu Ă MontrĂ©al; pour la visionner, veuillez cliquer ici.)
Nous avons Ă©laborĂ© pour vous des points Ă faire valoir Ă propos de l'utilisation Ă©quitable en relation avec les documentaires. Vous ĂŞtes invitĂ©s Ă les utiliser dans vos rĂ©ponses.
DOC a rĂ©cemment Ă©tĂ© invitĂ©e Ă participer Ă une consultation sous forme de table ronde Ă Winnipeg et nous remercions Merit Jensen-Carr, membre du conseil dâ€™administration, pour avoir prĂ©sentĂ© notre position. Enfin, DOC prĂ©sentera une position Ă©crite avant la fin des consultations, le 13 septembre 2009.
Patrimoine canadien et Industrie Canada font preuve d'une Ă©coute active sur le sujet et voilĂ pour nous l'occasion de faire entendre notre voix dans le cadre de la rĂ©daction d'une nouvelle loi sur le droit d'auteur.
Veuillez prendre le temps de prĂ©senter votre point de vue sur l'utilisation Ă©quitable.
Je vous remercie de votre collaboration.
et prĂ©sidente, ComitĂ© sur le droit d'auteur
A White Paper on Behalf of the Documentary Organization of Canada by Howard Knopf Read more here.
Kirwan Cox presents findings on Copyright Survey. Click here.