Long-awaited copyright reforms clear the House of Commons

Heritage Minister James Moore led the passage of Bill C-11 (REUTERS/Chris Wattie).

As reported in by the CBC, the Harper government’s long-awaited copyright reforms have finally cleared the House of Commons:

Bill C-11 passed its final vote at third reading just before 11 p.m. on Monday night, by a vote of 158-135.

The bill was introduced in the Senate immediately, and is expected to speed through all stages of review there, thanks to the Conservative majority. The changes are expected to become law before the start of the summer recess.

IP Osgoode has a good in-depth look at the bill on their blog.

The bill was the source of many debates in the legal community and across Canada, and supporters of the bill, including ministers of education of the provinces and territories across Canada (excluding Quebec) and Hollywood, voiced their support for the bill, and critics said that despite restrictive digital lock rules, Bill C-11 features some important wins for Canadians who spoke out on copyright.

Just recently it was reported that Canada’s bid to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which it was just invited to join today, was hampered by the slow progress it made at enacting stronger prohibitions against the theft of digital intellectual property. The federal government is no doubt hoping that Bill C-11 will help rectify its image as not adequately protecting copyright in the digital age.

Lexpert’s April 2012 cover story, on entertainment law, included discussion of the implications of Bill C-11, where concerns were expressed about the Bill:

“Bill C-11 is a huge concern for rights-holders because, even though the government’s stated intention is to give them the tools to fight piracy, there are significant issues as to whether the steps taken are meaningful enough, particularly in light of the undermining effect of the new exception to copyright infringement for non-commercial users,” [Cassels Brock’s Casey] Chisick says. “Enforcement will also be difficult because the provisions allowing remedies against online enablers is narrowly drafted and because the government has proposed that statutory damages not be available.”


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