You may recall reading that James Bond, as envisioned by Sir Ian Fleming, had entered public domain in Canada. Canada, and a few other countries, differ on the length of copyright protection – 50 years from the death of the creator, compared to 70 in the US and elsewhere.
Well, reports from Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in Japan indicate Canada has caved to pressure from the US and will extend copyright protections to 70 years. If true, that means it will be another two decades before anything enters the public domain in Canada.
Law and technology critic Michael Geist notes that extension of copyright periods does not engender new creativity, and in fact costs local consumers millions in royalties sent out of the country. Meanwhile, the EFF takes this as confirmation that the terms of the TPP are completely detached from rational thought and driven entirely by lobbyists.
With a federal election on the horizon and stalled negotiations on other fronts within the TPP talks, it's possible this concession to the Mickey Industrial Complex may not come to pass and Canada will see its public domain continue to grow.