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Théberge Supreme Court case divides experts on digital copyright applicability

News | 05/01/2002 4:00 am EDT

Internet and copyright law experts are divided on the effects of the recent Théberge v. Galerie d’Art du Petit Champlain Inc. decision by the Supreme Court of Canada on the digital copyright reform process now underway. While several prominent lawyers and creators are worried the decision will push legislators to draft copyright rules that favour users over creators, some observers say the court’s ruling can only be interpreted very narrowly, and is pertinent only to a particular set of circumstances unlikely to have much impact on broader digital issues.

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