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Podcasting Legal Guide for Canada!!

Creative Commons of Canada announced today that it has published a Canadian version (.pdf) of our Podcasting Legal Guide. This is great! I’m going to start reading it tonight!

One reason why we published the U.S. version of the Guide with the flexible CC-NC-SA license was with the hopes that attorneys in other jurisdictions would translate and adapt it for jurisdictions outside of the U.S.

Also, as the CC Canada press release explains, the authors did nearly a complete re-write of the guide because copyright, trademark and publicity rights receive different treatment in Canada. One example, is that Canada has many collecting societies that need to be understood if licensing music from Canadian artists (see page 15). This adapted guide for Canada also includes a “copyright matrix” (page 16) and a “rights clearance flow chart” (page 19), both of which will help explain the various rights and who get’s paid for what in the world of music licensing. Moreover, it looks like authors Kathleen Simmons and Andy Kaplan-Myrth have a sense of humor. They have sub-titled their guide, “Northern Rules for the Revolution”. Do we have any attorneys in Mexico, Central or South America who will volunteer to write “Southern Rules for the Revolution” next??

My sincere congratulations go out to Kathleen Simmons, Andy Kaplan-Myrth, the the faculty of the Law & Technology group at the University of Ottawa for bringing the podcasting community this great new resource.


6 Comments so far

  1. [...] When it was first created, the Podcasting Legal Guide pertained specifically to the U.S., with the hope that other jurisdictions would translate and adapt the guide for their own jurisdiction in order to assist podcasters around the world. CC Canada has done just that, and you can read what one of the original PLG authors has to say about it here. We hope this is the first of many adaptations to come and that other jurisdictions will be able to follow in CC Canada’s footsteps. [...]

  2. [...] Topics: Creative Commons Canada recently released The Podcasting Legal Guide for Canada: Northern Rules for the Revolution. Colette discusses the origins of the guide, the important differences it highlights from US law, jurisdiction questions, and best practices for Canadian podcasters, with the co-authors of the new Guide. [...]

  3. XM November 7th, 2007 10:06 pm

    Do you believe there might be some trademark registration issues here?

  4. Ray November 26th, 2007 4:02 pm

    Does this differ much in the US?

  5. Jim Mirkalami February 7th, 2008 10:23 pm

    I have been visiting this site a lot lately, so i thought it is a good idea to show my appreciation with a comment.

    Jim Mirkalami

  6. Mylene October 30th, 2009 1:15 am

    i just starting Podcasting and i find it very exciting. it is my second hobby aside from blogging.