User-Generated Content – Liabilities and Prospects Redux

Last summer’s Viacom v YouTube decision (copy of judgment available here), though currently on appeal, continues to have resonance – particularly for Canadian copyright and entertainment lawyers in light of the fact that Bill C-32 (The Copyright Modernization Act) contains a provision (dubbed, variously, the “YouTube exception”, the “mash-up exception” or the “UGC exception”) which would create an exception to copyright infringement for “Non-Commercial User-generated Content”.

Wendy Serres, writing at IPilogue in To Mix or Not to Mix: Bill C-32 “Mash Up” Provision is Getting Attention, summarizes what recent submissions to the Bill C-32 legislative committee have had to say about the UFC exception.

In User-Generated Content Sites and Section 512 of the US Copyright Act, Jane C. Ginsburg critically assesses the Viacom v YouTube decision, with particular focus on the issue of copyright liability for the entrepreneurs who create and provide access to sites such as YouTube and Facebook – both the very definition of UGC sites.

Stephen Zolf and I spoke in December 2010 about how the Viacom v YouTube decision might be seen to interface with the proposals found in Bill C-32 – our slides can be accessed here.

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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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