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Mark Twain, Sonny Bono, copyright and the new NAFTA

What do changes to the rules around intellectual property change for Canadians who invent and create — and what do Mickey Mouse among others have to do with it?

What changes to intellectual property could mean for Canada's knowledge economy

Mexico, Canadian and U.S. officials hold documents after signing an update to NAFTA in Mexico City on Dec. 10. 2019. (Marco Ugarte/The Associated Press)
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The new NAFTA (or CUSMA, depending on your acronym of choice) has one section that isn't getting as much attention – copyright and intellectual property.

So what is extended copyright, and why is it coming to Canada?

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What do changes to the rules around intellectual property change for Canadians who invent and create — and what do Mark Twain, Mickey Mouse and Sonny Bono have to do with it?


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