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EU Demands Canada Rework Its Copyright, Patent Law

December 18th, 2009 12:00 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

An anonymous reader writes “The draft intellectual property text of the EU – Canada Trade Agreement has leaked, with news that the EU is demanding that Canada fundamentally alter copyright, patent, and trademark law. The laundry list of demands includes copyright term extension, WIPO ratification, DMCA-style legislation, resale rights, new enforcement provisions, and following patent, trademark, and design law treaties. The net result is that when combined with the ACTA requirements, Canadian copyright law may cease to be Canadian.” Reader TheTurtlesMoves stresses the “first sale doctirne” aspect of the Canada – EU negotiations. Once an artist sells a creative work, should she get a cut of any future resales of that same work? The EU says yes at least for some types of works, and it wants Canada to see things its way. “Europe’s Directive 2001/84/EC says that the right covers only ‘works of graphic or plastic art such as pictures, collages, paintings, drawings, engravings, prints, lithographs, sculptures, tapestries, ceramics, glassware and photographs, provided they are made by the artist himself or are copies considered to be original works of art.’”

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