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Sneak Peek at Canada's New Copyright Bill

Jun 02, 2010, 01:34 (3 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Barbara I. Irwin for this link. ]

"Media reports last week indicated that the government plans to introduce its long-awaited copyright reform bill within the next few days. The bill is sure to spark widespread debate since all Canadians -- whether consumers, creators, businesses, or educators -- have a significant stake in the outcome.

"The internal dynamics that led to the bill are by now fairly well known. Industry Minister Tony Clement, emboldened by last summer's copyright consultation that generated unprecedented public participation, argued for a forward-looking, technology neutral bill with flexibility as a core principle. Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore advocated for a U.S.-style protectionist approach, with priority given to digital locks that can be used to limit copying, access, and marketplace competition."

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