Canadian Copyright Law: Charting the Change


Canadian Copyright Law: Charting the Change

On this last day of the copyright consulation, I have been amazed by the number of people who have written recently with news of their submission posted on a blog or other site (examples here, here, here, here, here, here, and here).  The government reports that they have received over 5,000 submissions, but it is clear that number is going be higher by the end of the day. 

One of my favourite submissions comes from Wallace McLean, who focuses on public domain, archival, and photography issues.  While the submission is not yet online, he was kind enough to grant permission to post the charts below.  The first tracks the cumulative number sections of the Copyright Act that have been amended, added or repealed.  The second shows the cumulative number of copyright bills that have been introduced in Canada.  I think both charts speak for themselves – far from being an archaic law that never changes, copyright law in Canada has undergone considerable change, with the most dramatic reforms occurring over the past two decades.  The end of the consultation signals that these charts will continue to grow in the coming months, making it more important than ever to ensure that you speak out on copyright today (literally today).

 Canadian copyright act ss. amendments Canadian copyright-related bills


  1. Vincent Clement says:

    It be interesting to know how many of those changes were industry-initiated or favoured industry rights over consumer or public rights.

    The best part is that despite an increase in amendments to copyright law, the old media industry is still in disarray. No amount of changes to copyright law will make their old business model viable.

  2. I have yet to see a response from the CMCC or Nettwerk music group. Heard through the grapevine that McBride has fallen off the deep end here, and believes file sharing will stop in a few years? Very interesting. Nice to see the CMCC and Nettwerk Music group, supporting consumers in principle, but when the time comes to put that belief on the forefront they’ve back down it looks like to me. I guess we shall see more “bathroom” concerts from the CMCC and Nettwerk artists in the near future.