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The Battle over C-11 Concludes: How Thousands of Canadians Changed The Copyright Debate

Nearly 15 years of debate over digital copyright reform will come to an end today as Bill C-11, the fourth legislative attempt at Canadian copyright reform, passes in the House of Commons. Although the bill must still receive Senate approval, that is likely to be a formality that could happen very quickly. Many participants in the copyright debate view the bill with great disappointment, pointing to the government’s decision to adopt restrictive digital lock rules as a signal that their views were ignored.

There is no sugar-coating the loss on digital locks. While other countries have been willing to stand up to U.S. pressure and adopt a more flexible approach, the government, led by Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore on the issue, was unwilling to compromise despite near-universal criticism of its approach. It appears that once Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the call for a DMCA-style approach in early May 2010, the digital lock issue was lost. The government heard that the bill will hurt IP enforcement, restrict access for the blind, disadvantage Canadian creators, and harm consumer rights. It received tens of thousands of comments from Canadians opposed to the approach and ran a full consultation in which digital locks were the leading concern. The NDP, Liberals, and Green Party proposed balanced amendments to the digital lock rules that were consistent with international requirements and would have maintained protection for companies that use them, but all were rejected. Yet with an eye to the Trans Pacific Partnership as well as pressure from the U.S. government and U.S. backed lobby groups, seemingly no amount of evidence or public pressure would shift its approach. The net result is incredibly disappointing with even Conservative MPs assuring constituents that digital lock enforcement against individuals is unlikely (there are no statutory damages for non-commercial circumvention).

Despite the loss on digital locks, however, the passage of Bill C-11 features some important wins for Canadians who spoke out on copyright.

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June 18, 2012 78 comments News

Canadian Copyfight Lecture in Vancouver

BCCLA, in partnership with the UBC School of Journalism and the Tyee, hosted my lecture on the Canadian Copyfight at the Wise Hall in Vancouver. The entire lecture is available on YouTube as a playlist of eight individual clips.

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October 1, 2009 Comments are Disabled Video

Podcast of Lecture on the Canadian Copyfight

The University of Toronto iSchool Podcast has posted a podcast of a recent lecture I gave on copyright as part of the CASLIS Toronto speaker series.

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May 12, 2009 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Doctorow Says Bring It On

Cory Doctorow posts a great piece on the copyfight, battles at WIPO, and the future fight over ACTA.

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April 22, 2009 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Doctorow on the Copyfight

Cory Doctorow explains "Why I Copyfight."

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November 8, 2008 Comments are Disabled Must Reads