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Heritage Committee makes controversial recommendations on copyright reform

News | 05/14/2004 4:00 am EDT

To no one’s surprise, the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage has recommended in strong terms the quick ratification of two World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaties that would provide strong protection for copyright holders in a digital environment. On May 12, the committee tabled a report that made several key recommendations, including the adoption of a U.S.-style "notice-and-takedown" regime that would protect ISPs from copyright liability only if they act quickly at the request of rights holders to remove material identified as infringing from their servers.

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