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6th-Jan-2012 01:27 pm
Buying legislators is one of those pastimes businesses engage in on an ongoing basis: and apparently the combine has now targeted Canada:

Canada's term of copyright meets the international standard of life of the author plus 50 years, which has now become a competitive advantage when compared to the United States, Australia, and Europe, which have copyright terms that extend an additional 20 years (without any evidence of additional public benefits).

In an interesting coincidence, the Canadian government filed notice of a public consultation on December 31, 2011 on the possible Canadian entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, trade talks that could result in an extension in the term of copyright that would mean nothing new would enter the Canadian public domain until 2032 or beyond.

Good luck, Canada!

UPDATE: Someone always says things better than I do!
6th-Jan-2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
Not sure, alas, how much difference it will make even if we don’t extend the term. Canadian writers, artists, and publishers have generally tended to avoid infringing U.S. copyright law, simply because so much of our potential audience lives south of the border. The fact that something is in the public domain in Canada doesn’t help if there isn’t a big enough market here to justify publishing an edition exclusively for Canadian consumption.
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