Government Re-Introduces Copyright Modernization Act

The Government of Canada is moving forward with new copyright legislation. Industry Minister Christian Paradis announced today the re-introduction of the Copyright Modernization Act. The bill is identical to the version presented to Parliament last spring before the federal election.

According to the Minister, the proposed legislation strikes a balance between the needs of copyright owners and users:

“Canadians will soon have modern copyright laws that protect and help create jobs, promote innovation, and attract new investment to Canada. We are confident that this bill will make Canada’s copyright laws forward-looking and responsive in this fast-paced digital world.”

Among other things, the bill expands categories of fair dealing to include education, parody and satire — provided these uses does not circumvene digital locks. The bill’s protection for digital locks has been controversial with critics including University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist.