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About this event

The Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CDCE) is organizing a two-day conference to bring together a variety of creators, experts, policy makers and cultural professionals to discuss the critical issue of the future of copyright in Canada. The event is organized in partnership with ALAI Canada, the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Civil Law and the Chaire Intelligence artificielle responsable à l’échelle mondiale.

The cultural sector has been calling for a review of the Copyright Act for years. On April 7th, in the federal budget, the Canadian government announced its intention to “ensure that the Copyright Act protects all creators and copyright holders”, including “ensuring the sustainability of the educational book publishing industry, which includes fair compensation for creators and copyright holders”. How can this legislative revision redirect the current system toward its primary mission of providing protection for creators and copyright holders?

This meeting will address priority copyright issues for the cultural sector and promote discussion on changes to the law.

The event is designed to be attended in person. International guests will join the discussions virtually. It will also be possible for participants to attend some panels virtually.

Moreover, an application for recognition of 9.15 hours of mandatory continuing education has been filed with the Quebec Bar.

English and French translation will be available. Registration is required, fees are the same for virtual and in-person participation.

Provisional program

DAY 1: May 31, 2022

9:30 – 10:00 am: Welcome

10:00 am – 10:30 am: Opening

10:30 – 11:45 am: Panel 1 – Copyright and diversity of cultural expressions

Moderator:

  • Jeff Young, member of the Law Society of British Columbia, member of the State Bar of California, USA, adjunct professor of law at the University of Victoria, music composer and producer

Confirmed guests:

  • France D’Amour, Singer-songwriter, Chair of Artisti
  • Luc Dionne, Writer and Director, Chair of the Canadian Authors’ Committee of the SACD
  • Melissa Verreault, Author, Translator, Professor and Vice-president of UNEQ
  • Jordan Officer, Guitarist, Composer, Author and Singer
  • Wanda Taylor, Author, College Professor, Playwright, Filmmaker 

11:45 – 12:00 pm: Copyright and cultural diversity: some thoughts

  • Nathalie Théberge, Vice-Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Copyright Board of Canada

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch (on site)

1:00 – 2:30 pm: Panel 2 – Supreme Court decision in York University v. Access copyright: technical and legal analysis

Moderator:

  • Barry Sookman, Senior counsel, McCarthy Tétrault

Confirmed guests:

  • Ysolde Gendreau, Professor, Université de Montréal, Vice President of ALAI
  • Erin Finlay, Partner, Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP
  • Francine Bertrand Venne, Lawyer, former Member of the Copyright Board and former Director of SPACQ
  • Hugo A. Setzer, Publisher and CEO, Manual Moderno, former President of the International Publishers Association

2:30 – 3:00 pm: Break

3:00 – 4:15 pm: Panel 3 – Supreme Court Decision in York University v. Access Copyright: Implications and Challenges for Authors and Publishers

Moderator:

  • Jeff Young, member of the Law Society of British Columbia, member of the State Bar of California, USA, adjunct professor of law at the University of Victoria, music composer and producer

Confirmed guests:

  • Charlotte Gray, Author, Biographer and Historian
  • Glenn Rollans, President and publisher, Brush Education Inc.
  • Gilles Herman, Publisher and General manager, Éditions du Septentrion, President of Copibec, Administrator of ANEL
  • Sylvia McNicoll, Author, Novelist for young audiences

4:15 pm: End of the first day.

DAY 2: June 1, 2022

9:00 – 10:00 am: Panel 4 – Intellectual Property and the Protection of Indigenous Creators

Moderator:

  • Jeff Young, member of the Law Society of British Columbia, member of the State Bar of California, USA, adjunct professor of law at the University of Victoria, music composer and producer

Confirmed guests:

  • Armand MacKenzie, Specialist, Indigenous Affairs
  • Monique Manatch, Executive Director, Indigenous Culture & Media Innovation

10:00 – 10:20 am: Focus on the protection of resale right in Europe

Moderator:

  • Maryse Beaulieu, Executive director of Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec (RAAV)

Confirmed guest:

  • Marie-Anne Ferry-Fall, Executive Director of the Société des auteurs dans les arts graphiques et plastiques (ADAGP)

10:20 – 10:40 am: Break

10:40 am – 12:00 pm: Panel 5: European perspectives

Moderator:

  • Jeff Young, member of the Law Society of British Columbia, member of the State Bar of California, USA, adjunct professor of law at the University of Victoria, music composer and producer

Confirmed guests:

  • Helga Trüpel, former MEP and Vice-President of Culture Committee of European Parliament (2004-2919), The Greens
  • Cécile Despringre, Executive director of the Société des auteurs audiovisuels (SAA), President of the board of directors of Cineuropa
  • Lisa Freeman, Executive Director of the Canadian Private Copying Collective (CPCC)
  • Leonardo de Terlizzi, Senior Legal and Policy Advisor, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch (on site)

1:00 – 2:15 pm: Panel 6 – What liability for online intermediaries?

Moderator:

  • Jeff Young, member of the Law Society of British Columbia, member of the State Bar of California, USA, adjunct professor of law at the University of Victoria, music composer and producer

Confirmed guests:

  • Céline Castets-Renard, Professor, University of Ottawa, Chair on Accountable AI in a Global Context
  • Lui Simpson, Senior Vice President, Global Policy for the Association of American Publishers (AAP)
  • Valérie-Laure Benabou, professor of private law at the University of Aix-Marseille

2:15 – 2:45 pm: Break

2:45 – 4:00 pm: Panel 7 – Copyright and Technological Issues

Moderator:

  • Céline Castets-Renard, Professor, University of Ottawa, Chair on Accountable AI in a Global Context

Confirmed guests:

  • Casey Chisick, Partner, Cassels
  • Caroline Jonnaert, Partner, Lawyer and Trademark Agent, ROBIC

 
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