Mario Bouchard

General Counsel, Copyright Board of Canada, Ottawa

Mario Bouchard is a member of the Quebec bar, Mario Bouchard holds a masters degree from Université Laval. He was legislative counsel to the Quebec National Assembly, teaching associate in Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Birmingham (U.K.), research coordinator of the administrative law project of the Law Reform Commission of Canada, wine broker, counsel to the federal department of Justice and head of legal services at the Immigration and Refugee Board. He has appeared before the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has authored several papers dealing with copyright, the work of the Copyright Board, collective administration and orphan works. Mr. Bouchard has been involved in many files dealing with copyright law reform and new technologies, including proposed tariffs for the use of music over the Internet and by satellite radio. Mr. Bouchard is member of the external advisory board of the Intellectual Property Law and Technology Program at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Recent and forthcoming publications and presentations

  • Le régime canadien des titulaires de droits d’auteur introuvables, (2010) 22 “Cahiers de propriété intellectuelle” 483.
  • An Essai on Monetising Copyright over the Internet, (2010-11) 11 “Internet and E-Commerce Law in Canada” 45.
  • “Collective Management of Copyright in Canada”, in Daniel Gervais, ed., Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights (2d ed., 2010), Netherlands, Kluwer Law International BV.
  • “Abécédaire du droit d’auteur pour un monde numérique”, Formation permanente, Barreau du Québec, (May 30, 2009).
  • “Can Fair Be Clear? Some Musings About CCH”, Law Society of Upper Canada, Entertainment, Advertising and Media Law Symposium, April 18, 2009.
  • “Developments in the Individual and Collective Management of Copyright in the Digital Environment”, Nordic Visual Artist Copyright Conference, Reykjavík, Iceland, September 11, 2008.
  • “The Copyright Board of Canada”, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, June 6, 2008.
  • “Orphan Works Legislation in Canada; Strengths and Weaknesses as a Working Example for the European Community”, Intellectual Property Rights and Metadata Conference, June 4, 2008, Malta.
  • “Fair Dealing/Use – Virtues, Vices, and Fate of open-ended exceptions,” Copyright Exceptions and Limitations, Cardozo Law School Copyright Conference – New York, March 30-31, 2008.
  • “The Evolution of Collective Management in Canada: The Last Decade”, WIPO Conference on Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights in North America, Nashville, Nashville (TN), October 17-19, 2007.