Behind the Scenes of Bill C-32: The Committee Submissions

  • Council of Ministers of Education Canada (representing all Ministers of Education outside Quebec)
  • Documentary Organization of Canada
  • Canadian Association of Research Libraries
  • Canadian Association of University Teachers
  • Canadian Civil Liberties Association
  • Canadian Home and School Federation
  • Canadian Library Association
  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind
  • Business Coalition for Balanced Copyright (which includes leading telecom, retailer, and Internet companies)
  • Canadian Association of Law Libraries
  • Retail Council of Canada
  • Canadian Council of Archives
  • Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Canadian Federation of Students
  • Canadian Teachers Federation
  • Association of Canadian Community Colleges
  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
  • Association pour l’avancement des sciences et des techniques de la documentation (ASTED)

In other words, virtually every education group and provincial education minister in Canada – along with major businesses and retailers – have joined with librarians, archivists, and documentary film makers to oppose the government’s position on digital locks.

As for the many other submissions, a sampling of suggestions include:

  • the music industry wants to remove the changes to statutory damages but add discretion to lower damages to zero as well as give courts the power to block websites
  • Canadian Federation of Musicians want a graduated response system for ISPs
  • many creator groups want to eliminate fair dealing for education and the user-generated content exception
  • Project Gutenberg recommends creating a safe harbour provision for orphan works
  • COPIBEC wants to increase statutory damages
  • SOCAN wants to eliminate the addition parody and satire for fair dealing as well as limit the scope of ISP safe harbours with possible joint liability with the copyright infringer
  • Council of Ministers of Education Canada want to drop the destruction of course materials requirement
  • Entertainment Software Association of Canada wants to limit the scope of interoperability exception
  • Canadian Civil Liberties Association want amend the provision on circumvention of digital locks for those with perceptual disabilities by removing “not unduly impair”
  • Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences want to eliminate crown copyright
  • Canadian Teachers Federation want to include multiple copies for classroom use under fair dealing for education
  • CMRRA-SODRAC want strict limits on the backup copy provision
  • Union des artistes want ISPs to compensate rights holders for losses due to infringement
  • Business Coalition for Balanced Copyright wants to ensure that cloud computing and network PVR services should not be required to pay additional copyright charges

This is obviously just a small sample of the submissions and their positions. The charts provide greater detail on each submission.  How the government treats all of these submissions remains the big unknown since with a majority it is positioned to pass the bill in whatever manner it sees fit. C-32 Submissions by Organization


  1. Last time around, Dean Del Maestro wanted the committee to meet 8 hours per day, every day, so they could blast through the process before Christmas. Now that they have a majority, how much attention do we really expect the committee to pay to the 100′s of submissions and objections submitted about C-32? They will just repeat their “we were given a strong mandate” mantra, make a few cosmetic changes, and ram this through in 5 minutes.

  2. So much for democracy
    We don’t live in a democracy. How can a government pass laws that favour a few corporations ignoring what the population wants? What we have is a fascist dictatorship. We don’t even have the right to organize a recall of our MPs.

  3. Darren: We became a dictatorship when people voted the conservatives as a majority government.

  4. Except most people didn’t vote for them…

    I would hope that once the bill gets to committee, it would become a little more like what Canadians are looking for. At the present time, it is not. | instant tax solutions complaints