Copyright & Fair Dealing

Copyright issues are top of mind for documentarians. It is the basis on which artists are compensated for their work. Furthermore, issues of piracy are a grave concern for all filmmakers, documentary makers included. But documentary makers are in a unique position: they claim copyright to their work of course, but also require access to the work of other creators to produce their documentaries. DOC has championed a balanced approach to copyright by championing Fair Dealing for documentary makers.

DOC Crafts Documentary Amendment to Copyright Modernization Act
June 30th, 2012

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.

DOC submits its proposal for a documentary exemption to the Legislative Committee studying Bill C-11, the Copyright Modernization Act
February 22nd, 2012

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.

To read DOC's submission, click here.

To read IDA's letter of support, click here.

DOC publishes The Search for Fair Dealing: Report on the DOC Road Show
October 19th, 2011

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.

DOC finalizes its position on Bill C-32 and presents a brief to the Legislative Committee
February 17th, 2011

February 17th 2011

DOC finalizes its position on Bill C-32 and presents a brief to the Legislative Committee. Read the brief here.

DOC's National Fairdealing Roadshow announces upcoming Hallifax and Ottawa panels.
February 7th, 2011

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.

DOC's Fair Dealing Roadshow announces its Toronto panel.
January 24th, 2011

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.
 

Fairdealing Hits the Road!
January 20th, 2011

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.

DOC issues a press release in response to the proposed amendments to Canada's Copyright Act
June 2nd, 2010

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.

DOC issues a press release for its guidelines to Fair Dealing and Copyright
May 14th, 2010

May 14 2010

DOC issues a press release for its guidelines to Fair Dealing and Copyright. To read the press release, please click here.

DOC publishes Fair Dealing and Copyright: Guidelines for Documentary Filmmakers
May 7th, 2010

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.

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