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Canada Ratifies WIPO Internet Treaties

Canada has formally ratified  the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty. The ratification was a key part of the copyright reform process, leading to contentious debate over the Canadian approach to providing legal protection for digital locks. The treaties will enter into force on August 13, […]

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May 23, 2014 12 comments Must Reads

Canada Moves Forward With WIPO Internet Treaty Ratification But It Likely Won’t Be Final Until 2014

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore tabled  the WIPO Internet Treaties (the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty) earlier this week in the House of Commons, starting the process of Canadian ratification of the treaties. The move does not come as a surprise since Bill C-11, which received royal assent just over one year ago, was designed to bring ensure Canadian law conformed to the treaty requirements.

While there were some suggestions that the next step is formal notification with WIPO in Geneva, there are actually several steps required in Canada that will likely mean the treaties won’t be in force in Canada until early 2014 (I wrote about the treaty ratification process  in 2008). First, the treaties are subject to a waiting period of 21 sitting days. During that period, MPs may debate the treaties in the House, raise questions, or bring motions related to the treaty. The 21 sitting day period started on June 12th. Since the House is scheduled to break for the summer next week, the period will not be completed until the first week of October.  Once this process is completed, the Minister of Foreign Affairs may then seek legal authority, through an Order in Council, for Canada to prepare instruments of ratification of the two treaties. Once the instruments of ratification are deposited with WIPO, there is a further three month delay from the date of deposit.

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June 14, 2013 3 comments News

Is the Private Copying Levy Consistent With Canada’s International Treaty Obligations?

Andrew Christie, John Davidson, and Fiona Rotstein examine whether the private copying levy is consistent with Canada's treaty obligations.  Their conclusion?  Canada may be in violation of its obligations under the Rome Convention and TRIPs.  Moreover, it would be in violation of the WIPO Internet Treaties (WPPT) if that treaty […]

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