C-11 will eventually receive second reading and go to committee as the government clearly has the votes to pass it unchanged. However, copyright should not be a partisan issue. There is scope for compromise on all of these issues:
- On digital locks, the solution advocated by the majority of stakeholders is to link circumvention to copyright infringement.
- On fair dealing, it is to codify the Supreme Court of Canada’s six factor fair dealing test.
- On revenue streams, it is to commit to extending current funding without the budget slashing planned elsewhere
I wrote about these issues over a year ago with the obvious roadmap for a compromise. The compromise remains much the same, but the bigger question is now whether the government is open to it.