Consumer-related Copyright Issues on the Internet of Things: A Study of Connected Objects Available to Canadian Consumers


Jules Bélanger, Jeremy de Beer, Mohit Sethi


Option consommateurs




The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to generate a number of issues related to copyright law. At the heart of the matter is the copyright-protected software integrated in connected objects. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada commissioned Option consommateurs to do a study to help better understand the challenges posed by the IoT to copyright law. The objective of the study was to gather relevant findings from the analysis of legal documentation, such as end-user license agreements, from a sample of connected IoT products, and highlight issues that could impact Canadian consumers in the years to come. The report identifies a number of copyright related restrictions, and brings to light several issues beyond copyright that merit consideration, such as competition, data portability and privacy. The report concludes with a number public policy recommendations regarding those issues.

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