Howard Knopf, Counsel, Macera & Jarzyna/Moffat & Co.
Howard Knopf, Counsel to Macera & Jarzyna, LLP in Ottawa Canada is has been involved in the making of copyright legislation, international work at WIPO and for NGOs, advocacy in the Supreme Courts of both the USA and Canada, and Canadian Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Copyright Board work for almost three decades.
His 30 minute presentation will focus on:
• What we know, don’t know and need to know about the mostly secret ACTA negotiations. Will iPods and laptops be seized at the border? Will ISPs have to implement a “three strikes” regime that could deprive countless ordinary households of internet access?
• Whither WIPO? In particular, what is the status of a possible treaty for the rights of the blind, and other current initiatives? WIPO has been unable to make any progress in international norm setting since 1996 - in copyright or any other substantive area. This is a potentially important crossroads for the organization that is home to the Berne Convention.
• Canada has had two recent copyright reform bills that died due to federal elections. The second bill (C-61) was very responsive to US entertainment industry lobbying, but also very controversial. What was in Bill C-61 and where are things likely to go from here? Should Canada be on the USTR’s s. 301 Priority Watch List? Will Canada be an international bellwether for the future of copyright reform?