Liberals on the Copyright Bill: Digital Lock Rules Driven By U.S.

The Liberal release on Bill C-11, the new copyright bill, includes the following comments from MP Scott Simms:

“Recent disclosures of diplomatic cables show that parts of the Conservative copyright plan were drafted to satisfy industry in the United States rather than the best interests of Canadians. In particular, the digital lock provisions, which so many Canadians oppose, appear to be driven completely by U.S interests.”


  1. Seriously ..
    If you voted conservative, hoping for a majority. Kick yourself in the gonads now.

  2. Awesome..
    So this and the internet surveillance bill are going to be great siblings ..

    I thought voting conservative meant LESS government involvement?

  3. I Am Canadian says:

    Who’s running the show here?
    Bowing to American pressure will not not enrich Canadian business interests, consumers, educators, musicians, movie makers or any Canadian stakeholders with the passage of Bill C-11 in its present form. U.S. interests are only interested in one thing and that is U.S. interests and there is no appetite from the Americans to make room for Canadian interests. Harper should listen to what Canadians are saying and defend our autonomy as a sovereign nation by creating a made in Canada bill rather than promoting a made in U.S.A bill.

  4. c32 – strange brew , strange crew
    Is there something in the water at Heritage ? Over the years the Dept has had some colourful characters in charge of uttering kooky stuff.

    Moore’s tweets and outbursts bring back memories of others of his ilk like Ms Copps. They are very similar . They both had their own 15 minutes , at our considerable expense , and each had their own c 32.

  5. Digital Locks only
    VOTER BEWARE: note that the message above only speaks about the digital locks; it suggests that the Liberals agree with the other parts of C-11.

    Also note that “satisfy industry in the United States rather than the best interests of Canadians” is vague: does he mean the interests of the Canadian public (i.e. strengthening of the Public Domain and for what’s left of copyrighted works: generous Fair Dealings) or the Canadian versions of the RIAA and MPAA (CRIA etc.)?

  6. Wasn’t the liberal view already expressed by Sam Bulte while in office?


  7. Well.
    So where’s our call for a judicial review?
    (If that’s even the way it works, or if it even gets listened to.)

    I mean, it’s a good thing we have these cables leaking out so we can see what corrupt things go on behind the scenes, but where’s the accountability against the offices and politicians that create and approve them?

  8. Don’t be fooled…..
    From what I’ve read, C-32 is a Liberal concoction from the Paul Martin days. Conservatives or Liberals would have fudged this thing in no matter what you say.

    NDP on the other hand would have seen CPCC levies on toilet paper.

    There is no mainstream Made-in-Canada copyright legislation that is good for consumers.

  9. @N. Telling, what is there for a judicial review to go over?

    Gregg, in fact I sort of agree with you, at least to a point. At the end of the day, if it were the LPC in charge for the last few years either there would have been absolutely 0 movement on the portfolio or we’d have seen something similar coming in. For all of the talk of the CPC being business friendly, let’s not forget that it was a CPC government that made Income Trusts pay tax when the Martin government decided to sit on the file because it was good for his buddies. Both have ties to big business, while the NDP has ties to the unions (I still get a giggle out of, after 50 years, it is still the “New” Democratic Party… didn’t they ridicule the CPC for “Canada’s New Government” after 3 years?).