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Mashed up content on social media sites would be illegal under new copyright law

News | 12/22/2008 3:42 pm EST

Using copyrighted material for satire on social networking sites like YouTube is rampant, but it could also become illegal unless the federal government includes user rights in new copyright legislation, expected to be tabled when the government resumes business after Jan. 27, warns some of Canada’s leading copyright lawyers.
The Conservative government is expected to table new legislation when Parliament resumes after Jan. 27. Its previous bill, C-61, died when the fall election was called. However, lawyers warn that unless amended, the proposed legislation would not support the "mashup", or integration of text, graphics, audio, video and animation content that is common on social networking sites.

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