Parody and Fair Dealing As It Is and May Be

The federal government has announced that it will be re-introducing Bill C-32 (The Copyright Modernization Act), which would have added “parody” as a category of fair dealing under the Copyright Act (Canada).  In addition, the Supreme Court of Canada is set to hear at least five copyright cases before the end of 2011 – an unprecedented occurrence; and of those five cases, at least two will address fair dealing.

But what of parody as fair dealing under existing law?  Emir Aly Crowne Mohammed has written an immensely useful paper which addresses the topic: “Parody as Fair Dealing in Canada: A Guide for Lawyers and Judges” (Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (Oxford), Vol. 4, No. 7, 2009).  Other sources worth perusing are Graham Reynolds’ “Necessarily Critical? The Adoption of a Parody Defence to Copyright Infringement in Canada”, Giuseppina D’Agostino’s “Healing Fair Dealing – A Comparative Copyright Analysis of Canada’s Fair Dealing to U.K. Fair Dealing and U.S. Fair Use”,and Carys Craig’s “The Changing Face of Fair Dealing in Canadian Copyright Law: A Proposal for Legislative Reform”.

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Bob Tarantino

About Bob Tarantino

Bob Tarantino is Counsel at Dentons Canada LLP and focuses his practice on the interface between the entertainment industries and intellectual property law, with an emphasis on film and television production, financing, licensing, distribution, and IP acquisition and protection. His clients range from artists and independent producers to Canadian distributors and foreign studios and financiers at every stage of the creative process, from development to delivery and exploitation.

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