uOttawa Wins the Inaugural Canadian Copyright Policy Moot

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018

Students from the University of Ottawa have won the Inaugural Canadian Copyright Policy Moot organized with Canadian Heritage and Innovation, Sciences and Economic Development Canada.

The Centre for Law, Technology and Society presents its warmest congratulations to the team composed of Ashley Seely, Jamaloddin Hakimi, and Roxanne Alam, and coach by Professor Jeremy de Beer! These accolades further enhance the University of Ottawa’s national and international reputation for mooting excellence in general, and in intellectual property law specifically.

Ashley Seely, Jamaloddin Hakimi, and Roxanne Alam presented a policy proposal regarding the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and text and data mining. Despite recent policy and budgetary commitments to the development of AI, Canada’s current copyright policy framework does not support AI innovation and investment. To protect the significant investments already made in AI by the Canadian government and Canadian companies, we propose adding exceptions to the copyright act that will ensure that text and data mining is treated as fair dealing and allow for the circumvention of technological protection measures for the purposes of text and data mining. These changes will not have a significant impact on rights holders, but by creating certainty in the legal landscape, they will help protect Canada's investments by ensuring that our AI strategy doesn't fail before it has even begun.

During the final round, they answered questions from the jury with confidence and precision. The final panel was composed of Nathalie Théberge, Director General, Creative Marketplace and Innovation, Canadian Heritage, and Mark Schaan, Director General, Marketplace Framework Policy, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

The Centre is proud to foster an active learning environment providing such unique experiences to our students!

More information about the Canadian Copyright Policy Moot is available here.

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