The Hill Times runs a special section on copyright in its upcoming issue. I've contributed a piece on the lessons we can draw from the copyright consultation that I'll post shortly, but in the meantime there is an important interview with Industry Minister Tony Clement. Of particular note is his perspective on the current state of copyright law in Canada. Notwithstanding the persistent fear mongering, Clement gets it absolutely right:
"Canada and its international trading partners each have distinct copyright policies, laws and approaches for addressing the challenges and opportunities of the internet. Canada's current framework provides strong intellectual property protections and our copyright laws apply in the digital context, including on the internet. Moreover, Canada's regime for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights is fully consistent with its international obligations."
This statement is correct and should be repeated again and again, particularly when the U.S. ambassador to Canada and copyright lobby groups try to persuade the Canadian public otherwise.