Canada Plans To Re-Introduce Bad Copyright Plan, With Damaging Digital Locks Provisions, With No Additional Consultation

from the try-try-again dept

The US entertainment industry is nothing if not persistent in trying to pressure foreign countries into implementing ever more draconian copyright law. And in Canada, it appears that the US firms have a willing partner in the form of Heritage Minister James Moore, who has announced that, despite massive and widespread criticism of last year’s (US-driven) attempt at putting in place bad changes to copyright law, the current government plans to introduce the exact same bill with no changes and no further consultation.

Mr. Moore told The Canadian Press in an interview that the Conservative government will re-introduce its copyright bill this fall, in exactly the same form as legislation that died with the last Parliament.

The measures will go back to a legislative committee for study, and Mr. Moore said groups who testified before MPs won’t be asked back to comment again.

?We’ve taken a couple runs at it before in minority Parliaments, but we think that we have a very good formula with the old Bill C-32 and when we come forward with our legislative agenda this fall we want to pick up where we left off, which is to continue the study of the legislation,? Mr. Moore said.

I guess that’s what you would think when you brush off widespread and sustained criticism as merely being from “radical extremists.”

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: I have to say it

It couldn’t be everyone, because if it was that party wouldn’t have won an election would it?

But really, the other party would have done the same thing and the why is simple, every politician today is aligned with the financial interests of special groups, that hand over the laws already drafted to whomever is in power and promises them comfy jobs when they leave office.

So unless the people get organized and really, really start to draft their own laws and just elect anyone to just pass those laws the people have no voice inside any government.

Anonymous Coward says:

No Further Consultation

If memory serves me, there has been an resistance to this bill every time it has been introduced in the past. So, last year, the minority Conservative Government held a consultation. Over 90% of respondents were against the bill.

Now, less than a year later, the majority Conservative Government intends on passing it regardless of public desire. This government has shown itself to believe that it may do whatever it desires in the next four years because it won an election with less than half of the popular vote.

The only matter now holding the show up is a pending Supreme Court of Canada decision regarding fair dealing pertaining to education. In the best case, this may require some very minor changes to the bill.

Jay (profile) says:

Re: No Further Consultation

“This government has shown itself to believe that it may do whatever it desires in the next four years because it won an election with less than half of the popular vote.”

That’s not the issue. What you’re seeing countless times is the fact that the US lobbying industry is bullying other countries into accepting US “exports” by raising this “tariff”.

Brazil, Sweden, India, New Zealand, the UK, and even Europe are being bullied by the US government to accept bad laws that make the US money and leave everyone else worse off.

The problem has been a persistant view into doing whatever the US policy makers want.

It’s high time that this policy changes to better society instead of a few gatekeepers.

freak (profile) says:

Re: Re: No Further Consultation

No, jay, anonymous is right. The official opposition, the NDP, are throughly against C-32.

It’s only the CPC that wants to pass it, and, thanks to wikileaks cables, we now know they were the ones that asked the US to bully them so that we could get some support here behind passing this bill, (and others).

Yes, you heard right, the CPC asked the US to put Canada on the 301 so that the people would back the CPC in making this decision, (and others). And we still haven’t backed them.

crade (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:3 No Further Consultation

Because the US is already pressuring them behind the scenes and giving them no choice but to comply, but the people are fighting because they don’t understand we are being forced. They want the US to make the pressure a bit more public so people will understand the US has us in an armbar and will stop fighting.

Anonymous Coward says:

With the backlash in Europe politicians may start to relize that it is possible to go a bridge too far in granting big content what it asks for. They may just wake up the people and the courts enough that some of the industry gains get rolled back.

In the US the Obama/Biden love affair with the copyright industry could make them very vulnerable. There are elements of the (relatively) sane wing of the Republican Party who are ready to make it an issue if the distraction of tea party crazies can be overcome.

Shantzy (profile) says:

It may be flawed, but it’s better than anything else that has been proposed over the last 10 years:

It might not pass as quickly as we think … I’m sure that there is going to be considerable opposition (from publishers) to aspects of this bill (primarily the inclusion of “education” under the Fair Dealing exception).

More food for thought:

freak (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:

Let me summarize for people too lazy to click on the link, or read the drafted bill:

If the company tried to protect their content in anyway, their copyright rights trump yours in every way.

Which means, that if the product was protected, there are no fair dealing provisions for anyone.
No back-up CDs, no downloading movies, nothing that’s legal currently would be legal if the CD or movie was protected in any way, no matter how crappy.

To me, what this boils down to is : All the big content companies will have a stronger copyright, because they can afford to ‘protect’ their goods, and sue anyone who breaks the protection.
From independent artists, or just about everyone on the web, big content companies will be able to take & steal even more freely than before, under ‘fair dealing’, even while their own works, because they’re protected in an idiotic way, are immune to ‘fair’ dealing.

Shantzy (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

No question that the “digital locks” provision is problematic!

The current copyright act is really out of touch with the new digital environment – I think that the new bill would be a great improvement, particularly if the digital locks provision was softened a bit. Regardless, it is better than the “Canadian DMCA” bill that everyone was up in arms about a few years ago.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: Small companies can benefit as well

All they have to do is place a text file on their media named:


This product (movie, music, software, book, song, etc) is herby protected with our patented pending TRM (Textual Rights Management). By possessing this product (which contains this text file) you agree that our TRM overrules and overrides any rights you may have thought you had in the product you purchased from us. By the way, based on our TRM, we didn’t actually ‘sell’ you the product, we only ‘licensed’ you the ability to use our product as long as we see fit, we may revoke this right at any time and you agree to forfeit all rights.

And there you go, small companies works are now ‘protected’ and they can sue just like the big boys…. because isn’t that what we all want after all, to be able to just take money from other people when we think we deserve it….

Jimr (profile) says:

Now that the ‘Harper Government’ has a majority they plan on doing what ever the hell they feel like.

They are spending money left and right will little or no oversight. Harper has made it clear is and his government are up for sale to the highest bidder, public citizens need not attempt anything. It is a government of Harper know best (as determined by the highest briber), even if goes against any and all proven scientific doctrine.

I do not know how he got a majority government as I do not know a single person who will admit voting for their party.

Paul Clark says:

Have Fun With Them

If I win the lottery, I will have to have fun with this,

I have always wondered if a constitution challenge would work against copyright. Any one with a Christian, Judaic, or Islamic background has religions grounds to share their possessions. Anything that infringes on my ability to share my goods is an infringement of my religious rights and interferes with my religious practises.

That will be my argument anyway.

Adam (profile) says:

Like any unfair law (and this one certainly will be that), it just criminalizes a large fraction of the population who will simply ignore it. Prohibition didn’t work, the “war on drugs” hasn’t worked, and this law won’t work. If, for just a moment, we assume that the government is doing this to placate US demands and hopefully free up cross-border trade, then perhaps they actually know that this won’t work any better here than it has anywhere else — perhaps it’s just a gesture.

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