Copyright & Fair Dealing
Inspired by the pioneering work done in the US by the Center for Social Media, DOC undertook to craft a legal framework addressing questions of documentary production and copyright. After consultation with the documentary community and seeking legal counsel, DOC published its Fair Dealing and Documentary Production guidelines in 2010. We followed this up in 2011 with a cross-country “roadshow” bringing together directors, producers, visual researchers, insurance brokers, broadcasters and even insurance underwriters to develop a set of best practices around the Canadian Fair Dealing principles and documentary production.
Ahead of the Copyright Modernization Act, adopted in June 2012, DOC crafted a Documentary Amendment seeking to have the Bill recognize the unique circumstances documentary filmmakers find themselves in having to access content. Although unsuccessful in having the Amendment included in the Bill, DOC continues to work tirelessly to inform, educate and convince lawmakers of the balanced and well-founded approach guiding the organization’s position on this matter.
February 22 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:
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, CIPPIC’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.