[d at DCC] Chronology of Canadian Copyright Law
russell at flora.ca
Fri Feb 16 11:39:11 EST 2007
Wallace J.McLean wrote:
> Prior to the 1921 act (which came into force in 1924) the term was 28-
> and-14; 28 on formalities; another 14 possible on renewal.
Thank you for the update. I've added this to
Can you clarify. Is that 28 years + 14 years for a possible total of
42? This would suggest that the term extension was:
a) Remove formalities and renewal (a very bad idea, but made more
sense in this pre-ICT era than it does today)
b) extend term by 8 years.
I'm curious what your thoughts are on the Berne question about
whether Copyright not being "subject to any formality" actually removes
the ability to require renewal. While I understand Berne not allowing
required registration, it seems reasonable to allow an initial term of
unregistered copyright with a need for registration to renew.
It seems odd to me that it is so easy to get bad ideas (1996 WIPO
treaties) passed at WIPO that are massive changes from Berne, and yet a
modernization to take new information technology into consideration
(that makes renewal cheap/easy in an era where the general public needs
clarity on what works are in the public domain) seems to be hard.
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