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Options all on table as Parliamentarians debate final shape of C-48 legislation

News | 06/14/2002 4:00 am EDT
After an intense two weeks of hearings, members of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage are poised to vote on the controversial Bill C-48 to clarify the role of Internet retransmitters within the Copyright Act. After hearing from final witnesses on June 11, the committee will proceed to clause-by-clause examination of the legislation on Monday, June 17. Though the committee will likely follow the wishes of the ministers of Industry Canada and Canadian Heritage that the bill be passed without regulations attached, it seems sure that C-48 will go to third reading in the House of Commons with an explicit moratorium on the operations of companies such as JumpTV.com Canada Inc. for at least one year (CNM, May 31/02).

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