This submission made on behalf of IFRRO - The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations – supports the US Copyright Office’s proposed approach, that ways to facilitate large-scale digitisation of copyright works be explored through a pilot program, which involves relevant stakeholders. It further shares relevant experience from other similar initiatives and, in particular on the use of the Extended Collective Licensing (ECL) to support large-scale digitisation, which is the legal technique that we understand that the Copyright Office wishes to consider in support of large-scale digitisation projects in the US.
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Following the Canadian Copyright Bill C-11 (the “Copyright Modernization Act”), tabled in the House of Commons on 29 September 2011 in the exact same form as Bill C-32 (which died with the 2011 election call), IFRRO expressed its concerns vis-à-vis the Canadian Government ministers.
In a letter to Hon. Edward Fast, James Moore and Christian Paradis (in English and French), IFRRO made clear that the educational and other non-commercial exceptions in the proposed Canadian Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-11) will seriously affect the existing and future sales market for educational material and prejudice authors' and publishers' legitimate interests.
IFRRO has expressed its concerns, in a letter to Canadian Government ministers, that the educational and other non-commercial exceptions in the proposed Canadian Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-32) will seriously affect the existing and future sales market for educational material and prejudice authors' and publishers' legitimate interests.
It also believes that the bill will put Canada outside the existing agreed international legal framework on copyright.