The Canadian Copyright Bill: Flawed But Fixable

Posted by beirwin on Jun 4, 2010 8:23 AM EDT; By Michael Geist
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This afternoon, the government introduced the Copyright Modernization Act (or Bill C-32), the long-awaited copyright reform bill [the bill is not yet online, but I attended the media lockup in Montreal]. It is nearly two years since C-61 was introduced and nearly a year since the national copyright consultation, yet discouragingly some things have not changed. The digital lock provisions are by far the biggest flaw in the bill. There will undoubtedly be attacks on the fair dealing reforms and pressure to repeal them, along with the U.S. and the copyright lobby demanding that their digital lock provisions be left untouched. If Canadians stay quiet, both are distinct possibilities. If they speak out, perhaps the bill can be fixed. [To fellow Canadian LXers: don't stay quiet -- let's rock and roll on this to get things changed, especially the Digital Lock provisions. Barbara].

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