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MPs Get Not-So-Straight Talk on Copyright

The Canadian Heritage Parliamentary Committee has received two briefings on copyright from department officials in recent weeks.  The first briefing was "copyright 101" briefing.  The second briefing, focusing on future reform plans, was more interesting.  The officials did their best to say as little as possible – when questioned about timing or specific issues, they found multiple ways to avoid directly answering the question. There were, however, several noteworthy exchanges including a moment when Charlie Angus (NDP) noted that many countries have yet to ratify WIPO (as opposed to the "coalition of the digital willing" that includes Azerbaijan and Botswana), and Danielle Bouvet from Heritage responded with obligatory "Canada is trying to have its own made-in-Canada legislation on copyright."  Further, Mauril Belanger (Liberal) spent a lot of time asking about the lobby groups who are asking questions about copyright and asked for a list of all groups that have met with Canadian Heritage and Industry Canada since January.

More troubling were two exchanges that may not have provided the MPs with a fully accurate sense of the law.

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October 13, 2006 5 comments News

Oda Says Copyright Bill Is Coming

After not touching copyright when asked about cultural priorities twice last week during Question Period, Conservate Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda has told the Hill Times that the government plans to introduce copyright reform legislation.  Oda says:

"Copyright legislation has to be amended to make [compliant] our copyright laws and ratify the international treaties. We will be introducing a new copyright bill that will expedite meeting our international obligations but also making sure that we have a copyright regime and a copyright framework that's appropriate."

While most will take this to mean that a WIPO Copyright bill is on the way, that isn't quite what Oda says. 

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April 10, 2006 1 comment News

EU To Conduct Full Review of Copyright Directive

News from Europe this morning that the EU is planning a full review of its copyright directive.  The review was to have focused on implementation in member states but now will be a broader evaluation of the directive itself.  In further good news, Professor Bernt Hugenholtz will lead the review.  […]

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March 21, 2006 Comments are Disabled News