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Canada launches consultation on modern copyright framework for AI and IoT


By Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that the Copyright Act remains responsive to modern realities and that Canada’s copyright framework continues to be effective in fostering innovation and investment as new technologies develop. To do this, Canada’s copyright framework should support the changing needs of artists, innovators and consumers in a high-tech world.

Building on the stakeholder engagement and committee reports of the 2019 Legislative Review of the Copyright Act, the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industrie, and the Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today launched a public consultation on a modern copyright framework for artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

As developments in AI and the proliferation of IoT and software devices increase, it is crucial to ensure that Canada’s copyright framework is able to respond effectively to new challenges. This consultation addresses a number of topics, including text and data mining, authorship and ownership of works created by AI, counterfeiting and liability regarding AI, and issues of repair and reparation. interoperability related to technological protection measures.

A consultation document describes the challenges of the copyright framework for each of these topics and presents questions to help design specific options and approaches to address them. The government is seeking further evidence from stakeholders regarding these challenges and welcomes all comments and perspectives. Participants have until September 17, 2021 to share their contribution: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/693.nsf/eng/00317.html

Responses received will be made public after the consultation period and will help inform the government’s policy development process to ensure that Canada’s copyright framework for AI and IoT reflects the changing world. digital.


“The Copyright Act affects many sectors of our economy. This consultation will allow us to hear the diverse perspectives of Canadians who want to ensure that Canada’s copyright framework supports innovation, investment and competition as digital technologies continue to play a role. most important in growth and job creation. “

– The Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“Canada’s copyright framework must reflect the realities facing our creators and cultural workers in the high-tech world. We know that rapid advances in digital technology have a big impact on the way Canadians create and share cultural products that we all cherish. That’s why we want to hear from Canadians and meet these challenges with them as we move forward together. “

– The Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Fast facts

The government is taking a phased approach to reviewing the Copyright Act while taking into account the recommendations of parliamentary committees. From February 11 to March 31, 2021, the government held consultations on how to implement Canada’s commitment under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement to extend the general term of protection of the right to ‘author. From April 14 to May 31, 2021, the government held consultations on how the use of copyrighted content online is protected and how individual rights and freedoms in an open Internet are protected while facilitating an environment where the digital market can thrive. Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a technology intended to reproduce human thinking by analyzing, learning and responding to challenges without human direction. AI plays a role in software and technology by personalizing the user experience, simplifying data analysis or reducing human labor costs. The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to networks of devices equipped with software and sensors that connect and exchange data with other devices over the Internet. Common IoT devices include smartphones, TVs, and vacuum cleaners. The IoT is also important in the medical, agricultural and manufacturing sectors. Through Digital Charter of Canada and its leadership role in Global Artificial Intelligence Partnership, the Government of Canada is working to ensure that our digital and data-driven economy is built on a solid foundation of trust and that AI is developed and used responsibly for the benefit of all citizens.

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