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Heritage committee attempt to reform copyright on quick timetable stalls

News | 11/21/2003 5:00 am EST
An attempt by members of Parliament in Ottawa to speed adoption of international digital copyright treaties has apparently hit a brick wall in the face of departmental disagreement. A letter written by Industry Canada minister Allan Rock indicates he’s prepared to stick with the government’s original one- to two-year timetable proposed in the fall of 2002 to make changes to the Copyright Act with respect to a new right of making available, legal protection of technological protection measures (TPMs), legal protection of rights management information, and ISP liability (CNM, Oct. 16/02). Rock’s willingness to stay the course, however, puts him in opposition to an accelerated schedule favoured by Canadian Heritage minister Sheila Copps.

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