Copyright Symposium
September 18, 2013
September 18, 2013
12:00 am
12:00 am
Vancouver School of Music

It’s no longer business as usual for creators and the creative industries with last year’s changes to the Copyright Act. You ignore the issues created by the Copyright Modernization Act at your business’ peril. This forum will provide essential information to members of the creative industries, creators and individual artists who must now navigate Canada’s new copyright environment, particularly the expanded fair dealing exceptions of Bill C-11.

This practical, hands-on session will focus on how the copyright environment has changed and will examine the key issues now facing copyright holders. Topics will address how exceptions will make a difference to your businesses, what the international context is, and how the new law will be enforced and what that means for your company.

Following the keynote address, sector specific breakout sessions facilitated by our panelists will look in depth at the business questions that arise from changes to the copyright act using case-studies scenarios. The breakouts will consider questions such as what rights are affected, what are the unknowns, and what businesses can do. Each group will bring take-aways back to a plenary session. Here panelists and participants will explore the changes that will influence business decisions, practical suggestions on what they will implement in their businesses to address changes, and how they will move forward.


Our keynote speaker and panelist, Erin Finlay, is a recognized leader on copyright issues. Erin has 10 years experience as an intellectual property lawyer and is the Director of Legal and Government Relations and General Counsel at Access Copyright, a copyright collective for writers and publishers. Previously, Erin worked as an intellectual property and advocacy lawyer representing publishers, creators, artists, producers, broadcasters, film, television, music and business clients in a broad range of copyright, media and other commercial matters. Her varied expertise spans a wide scope of copyright issues, including contracts, compliance, copyright reform and the changing role of copyright in the digital environment.

Panelist Kyle Fogden (Chandler Fogden Law Corporation) has practiced in entertainment and intellectual property law since 2003. After two years practicing in Vancouver, he relocated to New York to work with a boutique entertainment law firm, where he represented some of the biggest names in the music industry. Kyle returned to Vancouver in 2008 and now represents independent television and film producers in development, financing, production, distribution and intellectual property matters.

On the music side of the copyright panel, we present Bob D’Eith (D'Eith & Company) who has been an entertainment lawyer for 22 years in Vancouver focusing on music and the music industry. Bob deals with copyright every day as part of his practice negotiating and drafting recording, publishing, producer, artist and many other agreements. He was very vocal during the Bill C-11 implementation. Bob appeared in front of the standing committee on Canadian Heritage leading up to the final passing of the bill. Bob is also the executive director of Music BC and an author of a new book entitled A Career in Music: the other 12 step program, in which he explores the music industry in the digital world and the impact of new copyright laws in Canada.

This professional development session would not be possible without the financial assistance of Creative BC, Canadian Heritage through the Canada Book Fund, The Canada Council for the Arts & the BC Arts Council.

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