Copyright Futures

What does the future hold for copyright in Canada?  What are the promises and perils? What are some unforeseen or under-discussed consequences of the “Pentalogy” and the Act?

This panel will provide a forum for the discussion of a group of issues that continue to pose problems for copyright law in Canada. These issues include those posed by orphan works for memory institutions; the risks of a too-broad concept of technological neutrality; and the relationship between copyright and freedom of expression (and the “right to be forgotten”).


Jean Dryden, MA, MLS, PHD
Mistrale Goudreau – Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Victoria Owen – Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough


Ren Bucholz, Lenczner Slaght

Ren is a litigator in Toronto specializing in copyright, technology, and media disputes. He formerly led the international policy efforts of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group based in San Francisco, and served as a lobbyist at the World Intellectual Property Organization for several years. Ren has a special interest in technology standards and competition, which he explored during a Google Policy Fellowship.