Courtesy of Steven Chase of the Globe and Mail from a post-Question Period scrum this afternoon:
Chase: Do you intend, with your copyright legislation, to introduce any restrictions on the way consumers use intellectual property?
Prentice: Well, of course I can't speak to the specifics of the copyright bill because the bill hasn't been introduced in Parliament yet and that will be forthcoming in the time ahead. But it's an important piece of framework legislation. It's important to balance consumer interests, the interests of creators and users and all of that, you know, those questions will await what's in the bill so you'll have to be patient a little bit longer. The bill is coming.
Reuters: Will the bill be tabled before Christmas? It's on the notice paper.
Prentice: It depends on how long the House is here. It'll be tabled once I'm satisfied that the legislation is something that we can take pride of and put in front of the House of Commons for consideration. . . I put on the notice paper that the bill will be introduced. I haven't given a date and I'm not giving a date today, but it will be coming.
Note that the House is scheduled to conclude on Friday and not resume again until January 28, 2008.