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Law Society’s Supreme Court bid welcomed as important review of users’ rights

News | 12/20/2002 5:00 am EST
Copyright experts have welcomed news that the Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear an appeal in the case of CCH Canadian Ltd. et. al. vs. the Law Society of Upper Canada, saying the outcome will help clarify the crucial issue of fair use of copyrighted works. This month the highest court agreed to hear the appeal launched by the Law Society after the Federal Court of Appeal ruled last May the group was in violation of copyright laws for its legal decision fax service (CNM, May 31/02). The Supreme Court case will mark the first time the body will consider fair use issues, bound to be an important element of future digital copyright cases. The court has also agreed to hear the cross-appeal launched by the publishers including CCH.

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