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Copyright extensions to be removed from Library and Archives merger bill: LaPierre

News | 02/20/2004 5:00 am EST

A potential legal twilight zone will likely be averted when the Senate drops controversial copyright provisions contained in Bill C-8 when the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology meets to discuss the legislation, possibly as soon as next week. The bill, which would merge the National Library of Canada and National Archives of Canada, was the cause of much head-scratching in the legal community since, if passed in its current form, it would put works newly released into the public domain back into the hands of the copyright owners, raising a host of thorny legal questions.

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