Canada’s Copyright Board: Challenges and Opportunities

The 1988 Copyright Act amendments transformed Canada’s former Copyright Appeal Board, which was established in 1936 and had no full-time members and no full-time support staff, into today’s Copyright Board, which has up to five full-time members and currently has a support staff of about 16 full-time employees. The Board’s decisions are reviewable by the Federal Court of Appeal. Since 2004, the Supreme Court of Canada has rendered six judgments resulting from Copyright Board decisions, with another currently pending. The Board has oversight of certified tariff activity worth more than $400,000,000 per annum and potential jurisdiction over much more. How do the Board’s decisions affect the Canadian public? Is the Board adequately serving the needs of its immediate stakeholders and the public at large? What are the challenges and opportunities facing the Copyright Board? What, if any, changes are needed, and what would be the best way to achieve such change?


The Honourable Roger T. Hughes
Howard Knopf, Macera & Jarzyna, LLP.
Gilles M. Daigle, General Counsel, SOCAN
Stephen Spong, Copyright Services Librarian, Centennial College


Ann Ludbrook, Ryerson University

Ann Ludbrook is the Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. In this position, she provides copyright guidance and training at the university. She works closely with e-reserves, and is also involved with education regarding open educational resources and scholarly publishing.