In proud defiance of the fact that 2010 is not yet over, we offer our humble thoughts on this year's most noteworthy entertainment and media law events (and we define those two areas of practice in fairly broad strokes). Without further ado, and in no particular order:
• Bill C-32
How to summarize? The introduction of Bill C-32 (The Copyright Modernization Act), the third attempt in the last decade at large-scale reform of the Copyright Act (Canada), has resulted in a tsunami of commentary, debate and political action - and it hasn't even yet been passed, so we can only imagine what's going to happen once we start getting actual court decisions on the thing. If passed in its current form, Bill C-32 would have significant impact on creators (such as the new photograph provisions), owners (such as the new TPM protections) and users (such as the expansion of fair dealing or the user-generated content provision) - basically everybody who affects or is affected by copyrighted works. (Signal coverage on Bill C-32 is collected here.)
• Launch of Canada Media Fund
On April 1, 2010, the Canada Media Fund (CMF) was launched - combining the operations and mandates of the former Canadian Television Fund and the Canada New Media Fund, the CMF has an annual budget of $350 million and provides funds to "assist in the creation of successful, innovative Canadian content and applications".
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