Canadians can submit feedback online until December 4, 2023.
In line with its commitment to modernize legislative frameworks, the Government of Canada introduced the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act as part of Bill C-27. Recognizing the evolving technological landscape, the government, led by the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne and the Honorable Pascale St-Onge, is now seeking public input on generative AI tools’ impact on copyright holders’ consent, credit, and compensation.
The consultation, building on a 2021 initiative, addresses key questions regarding the use of copyright-protected works in AI system training, authorship and ownership rights related to AI-generated content, and liability issues concerning potential copyright infringement by AI-generated content. Stakeholders, especially in the creative industries, are urged to share their perspectives.
Canadians can submit feedback online until December 4, 2023. Roundtables, featuring various stakeholders, will be conducted by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and Canadian Heritage. The insights gathered will shape copyright policy development, with an update on findings expected in 2024.
“As developments in AI intensify, our government is seizing every opportunity to stimulate innovation and the possibilities offered by this revolutionary technology. Canada’s copyright framework needs to remain balanced and able to facilitate a functional marketplace, and that’s why we’re studying the best way forward to protect the rights of Canadians, while ensuring the safe and ethical development of AI.”
– The Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
“Canada’s authors, musicians and artists are asking important questions about how to protect their work as generative AI evolves. These consultations are one step towards leveraging AI to improve our lives, while ensuring that human creativity and innovation continue to thrive.”
– The Honorable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Canadian Heritage
- The government continues efforts to amend the Copyright Act and review stakeholder comments from the 2021 consultation.
- The new consultation builds on previous discussions, aiming to understand changes in the copyright marketplace.
- On September 27, 2023, the government announced Canada’s Voluntary Code of Conduct on the Responsible Development and Management of Advanced Generative Artificial Intelligence Systems. Fourteen organizations have already signed on to the code to demonstrate their commitment to responsible AI.
- Through initiatives like the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence, Canada ensures responsible and trust-driven AI development for its digital economy.
October 12, 2023 – Ottawa, Ontario