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Comments pertaining to Consultation on Options for Reform of the Copyright Board of Canada
(September 2017)

The CFLA makes the following recommendations:

The CFLA supports reforms to the legislative foundation in the Copyright Act for the Copyright Board of Canada.

  1. The CFLA supports the creation of an explicit statutory mandate for the Copyright Board – one that focuses the Board on the public interest and the maintenance of fairness amongst the multiplicity of interests inherent in the copyright environment.
  2. The CFLA believes that the public interest will be better served through the inclusion of a statutory process for intervenors before the Copyright Board and establishment of a system for making funds available to ensure a broad range of interventions.
  3. The CFLA supports the enactment of a list of decision-making factors the Board must consider in its decision-making – but recommends it appear in the Copyright Act itself.

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