Copyright Reform Back on Legislative Agenda

The Governor-General is currently reading the Speech from the Throne, which sets the forthcoming legislative agenda, in the Senate.  The speech unsurprisingly includes reference to copyright reform:

Cultural creativity and innovation are vital not only to a lively Canadian cultural life, but also to Canada’s economic future. Our Government will proceed with legislation to modernize Canada’s copyright laws and ensure stronger protection for intellectual property.

The speech disappointingly does not reference anti-spam legislation, despite a commitment to introduce anti-spam laws during the election campaign.



  1. and when no can afford there crap yaaaa they all go poof.
    What do we need modernized, you sell pirated/counterfeit crap you goto jail.

    no what we are seeing is Joe biden and his buddies telling canada what we need.

    I say if they are allowed this law then we shoudl nationalize ALL our resources and start charging triple to americans and give out oil/resource checks to all canadians who then CAN afford to pay what these jerks want.

    Goto a theatre and see what POP and POPCORN costs.
    YA exactly.

  2. Smarter IP law?
    I suppose it wouldn’t sound good if they said they wanted weaker IP laws… but we don’t need stronger IP law. We need smarter IP law. Stronger in some areas, especially where commercial interests are abusing the patent or copyrights of individual creators or smaller companies and weaker in other areas where individuals are using copyrighted materials in ways which have never been subject to IP law before or where the use is covered by fair dealing.

  3. Vincent Clement says:

    Yes, because what we need to do is shift the pendulum even more in favour of record and movie companies. Why have them change their business model to reflect the new reality when they can make criminals of us all instead. So much for promoting innovation and all that stuff.

  4. It’s really only a matter of time though….
    …before the music industry goes the way of the automaker “Big 3”.

    Even if they win, they will fry in their own fat and lose eventually.

  5. and ya think the economics are bad now
    what are the court costs for a person being fined

    especially when he already can’t afford what he downloaded?

    add those to the jail time
    and what we have is a huge scam
    yup you taxpayers are about to get housed by a foreign power again

    and with dion leaving
    the liberals wont stop nothing

    what dion should realize is scale back the GREEN SHIFT
    to something more economically understandable and feasable, call it GREEN Economics or some crap, and you’d get tons more seats, people in ontario voted that same way when john tory wanted them to pay more taxes ot fund religious schools. USE the money people,

    and remember when it really gets tough we are paying microsoft provincially and federaly almost 2 BILLION A YEAR. What crisis would canada be in RIGHT NOW if we had linux on the machines? You answer that.

    P.S. To tell hollywood a little more , stop buying products that they buy, if its coca cola in the theatre DO NOT BUY IT, if its popcorn stoip buying popcorn, get a pizza instead elsewhere.

    Find out who supports them around them and SAY NO.

  6. Stronger protection??
    Yeah right, Cultural creativity and innovation can only flourish in an environment where all knowledge and culture is locked down under armed guard.

  7. Quite frankly, the single biggest problem I have with laws that try to make breaking copy protection illegal, even if the purpose for doing so would have otherwise been allowed under copyright (such as creating a copy of a musical work for personal and private use) is that it will not be heeded by a majority of people who want to do so… and there will be no possible way for the authorities to know who, exactly, is doing such things as long as they are keeping those copies to themselves… The major problem with this being that you end up with a law that nobody will even try to pretend they are going to effectively enforce, and if there’s no real intent to enforce a law both uniformly and fairly, then really, what is the point of trying to make a law for it in the first place? All it ultimately does is make the law needlessly more complex.

  8. Greed is why
    > if there’s no real intent to enforce a law both uniformly and fairly, then really, what is the point of trying to make a law for it in the first place?

    The ultimate intent is greed, which means to own and to control the masses at their whims. To achieve this, they need an authority transfer scheme that makes the public relinquish its authority (“rights”) slowly over time. The first step is to introduce unenforced laws to test the publics’ attention. Then, they add more laws in their favour slowly, and silently behind closed doors as the public becomes more aware. In this game of greed, the more laws and politicians they own, the more they will succeed. In truth, laws don’t grant more rights, but only give more responsibilities to the public to bear.

    Greed is just another form of corruption, if it’s not synonymous; and greed is the master. It’s funny that being a slave as a result of enslaving others is justice in itself.

    Anyway, we need to move away from asking why people act out of greed, and focus on how best we can change their ways. Difficult, but it’s a start.

  9. >> if there’s no real intent to enforce a law both uniformly and fairly, then really, what is the point of trying to make a law for it in the first place?

    >The ultimate intent is greed

    Possibly… but that would be a subjective opinion. What is the actual rationale behind it? What plausible reasons could our government possibly give to create a law that they would be forced to admit, that in the end, they have absolutely no ability or even intent to fairly and uniformly enforce?

    I expect the answer is none.

    So here’s another question…. how does a citizen present questions to a different party other than one that they have a local representatve for?

  10. Just an intresting note…
    As a Canadian citizen, I feel that even the thought of reform copyright, as well as bill C-61 is scary. It is a classic example of copyright law gone amuck, and another way of us losing our rights! Personally I think this whole thing is very stupid.

    Quite frankly for the longest time, I had thought the rules for US copyright also applied for everywhere in the world. I was only a year ago, that I found out that Canadian copyright was more laid back. But after hearing about all the c-61 propagana, I felt that this is no longer the case and the same rules for the US will eventually apply here.

    However, I also heard about all the revolt pertaining to C-61, it made me feel more secure knowing that I’m not alone, and had a feeling that justice will be served. And eventally it did when I read about the so-called death to C-61 in September. But now, after hearing about Copyright Reform coming back, I’m a little worried about it all.

    But then yet again, even if Canada decided to make its copyright law stricter than what it is now, I feel people will continue to copy their music, movies and etc. The only diffrence then will be that people will come up with new ways to cover thier tracks and not to be caught by the pesky legalese, just like friends from the south, the Americans are doing.

    Nonevertheless if C-61 is reintroduced, I am postive that we will fight back just like we did before!

    Have a nice Day 😉