The Supreme Court of Canada heard copyright appeals involving movie and television show soundtracks and the photocopying of textbook excerpts.
Province of Alberta as represented by the Minister of Education;, et al. v. Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency operating as “Access Copyright” (December 7, 2011)
The main issue in this appeal is whether photocopying excerpts of copyrighted materials for teaching purposes is fair dealing under the Copyright Act.
The appeal affects photocopies distributed to students in elementary and high schools outside Quebec. Both the Copyright Board of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the photocopying of excerpts was not fair dealing under the Act.
Re:Sound v. Motion Picture Theatre Associations of Canada, et al. (December 7, 2011)
The issue in this appeal is whether royalties should be paid for music that is used as part of a movie shown in theatres or a program shown on television. The proposed royalties would be paid to recording artists and record companies and would amount to roughly $45 million annually.