[d at DCC] New Copyright Act soon?
russell at flora.ca
Fri Mar 30 10:29:52 EDT 2007
Some "thinking out loud".... pure speculation...
First a quote from Heritage Minister Oda:
Q: How far along is the new Copyright Act?
A: [Industry] Minister [Maxime] Bernier and I have been working on
copyright. As you know, it's a very complex piece of legislation. Things
are evolving and changing as we speak, so there is never going to be the
perfect Copyright Act, particularly with the new technologies.
We're hoping to be able to introduce something quite soon... but again,
it's a matter of not making it overcomplicated. We want to make sure
we're gathering all the information we need, to be able to have a
relevant piece of legislation.
Parliament is currently debating C-52 (An Act to implement certain
provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 19, 2007). I
wonder if they will try to be ironic and table a copyright bill when
they get to the number 60?
While the budget is going to be passed, it is possible that the
highly amended C-30 (The "Clean Air" Act) may be made into a confidence
vote, with the Conservatives being opposed to any attempts to meet our
legally binding Kyoto targets. This may mean that we will still be in a
spring election, but over the environment rather than the budget.
Lets make sure we speak to as many MPs about this issue as possible
now. I believe the MPs will be in their ridings again next week, so
please try to set up a meeting or otherwise let them know you have
concerns about Copyright that weren't reflected in C-60.
If we head into an election before a copyright bill is tabled, then
we'll actually be at a disadvantage as the Conservatives will be able to
claim they were planning on doing something more modern than the
thinking in C-60. If they table a bill that dies on the order paper
when the election is called, we'll be able to publicly compare the
Liberal and Conservative bills.
Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
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