With the dust starting to settle from the introduction of Bill C-60, many of the industry groups have released their official positions.
Canadian media coverage of the introduction of Bill C-60 is relatively light this morning, likely reflecting the late afternoon introduction of the bill and the difficulty of obtaining something other than the government's press release on the matter.
Bill C-60 makes for a challenging read since it adds, replaces, or amends existing Copyright Act provisions. There will no doubt be much discussion and debate around the bill in the coming months, but I thought it might be useful to provide a short users guide on the key provisions categorized by issue.
I was not planning to deal specifically with file sharing since there is no "file sharing" provision in the bill. Since the issue continues to dominate discussion, however, (in no small part because the government itself has emphasized the issue) it may be useful to highlight the provisions that appear relevant to the question of file sharing.
As expected, this afternoon the federal government introduced its copyright reform bill (UPDATE: Bill C-60 is now available online). In this age of instant analysis, new legislation does not work particularly well since it requires considerable study and scrutiny to develop a full sense of its implications.