Help Preserve the Canadian Public Domain: Speak Out on the Trans Pacific Partnership Negotiations

Michael Geist, Weblog, Jan 06, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Michael Geist writes, "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." This comes just afer authors like Ernest Hemingway entered the public domain in Canada. Geist notes, "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)."
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