International Publishers Threaten Canada With WTO Complaint Over Bill -11

An international publishing organization has escalated the rhetoric over Bill C-11 by making veiled threats about a WTO complaint against Canada if the bill’s fair dealing provision remains unchanged. The signatories claim “there is a real possibility that a WTO complaint will be brought against Canada” if the fair dealing reform (along with reforms for non-commercial user generated content and an exception for publicly available materials on the Internet) remains unamended. No word on whether the same groups have issued similar threats against countries such as the U.S., South Korea, and Israel over their far broader fair use provisions.

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  1. David Collier-Brown says:

    How much do “open letters” help?
    … or, in this case hinder?

    I suspect many are written and treated by the various committees with as much sincerity and seriousness as private letters to one’s member.

    What distinguishes this one, the pretty letterhead? (:-))


  2. They’re threatening Canada because Bill C-11 is still open and Harper has shown time and time again that he’s willing to bend to international pressure. They simply see Canada as low hanging fruit. The Canadian government should bring up those very points about the U.S., South Korea, and Israel, among others, who have far broader fair use provisions. We’ll see how it plays out, but if a complaint is lodged, I can’t see the WTO doing anything but throwing the complaint out since it would bring in to question the practices of much larger players…such as the US.

  3. Perhaps when they are done with that windmill, they can go to bat on the digital locks issue for us ūüėÄ

  4. hob
    There’s where the issue lies. I don’t see how distributing factual, and otherwise public information can contravene any terms of use. Or at least any terms of use that a court should reasonably be expected to enforce.