Political Copyright

There are reports of plans to amend the Copyright Act to provide an exception for political advertising. The exception would permit free use of news content by political actors without requiring rights holder authorization.

A copy of a document presented by the Heritage Minister (via Michael Geist) states the exception:

“Would allow free use of ‘news’ content in political advertisements intended to promote or oppose a politician or political party, or a position on a related issue”

Some reports and commentary from CTV and Globe and Mail. The issue was debated at Question Period today. [Link to Hansard Debate]