There is word this weekend that the government's plans for the national copyright consultation has taken shape. The consultation will officially launch on Monday, July 20th and run for nearly two months until Sunday, September 13th. The framing of the consultation is as follows:
The Government of Canada has committed to modernizing Canada’s copyright laws, to provide meaningful rights for creators and promote the use of digital technology by its citizens. We are consulting to ensure that all perspectives are taken into account in an open and transparent process, to help deliver new legislation in the Fall that is forward-looking, reflects Canadian values, and strengthens Canada’s ability to compete in the global digital economy.
The consultation will include roundtable discussions in locations across the country, a webcast townhall, as well as an online discussion forum. This is the first full copyright consultation since 2001. The consultation will be crucial as Canadians will need to speak out to ensure that the concerns associated with the failed C-61 are heard.