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Digital copyright reform looks certain as debate on new legislation set for February

News | 12/06/2004 5:00 am EST

All signs point to legislation being ready for debate in the House of Commons by February on the contentious issue of Canada’s international digital copyright obligations, and changing the Copyright Act to ratify the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Internet treaties. The trends are encouraging for Canada’s music industry, which has stepped up lobbying efforts through the newly-formed Music in Canada Coalition (MCC). The MCC, made up of record labels, recording artists, copyright holders and collectives, and the Canadian Recording Industry Association, took a road show to Parliament Hill on November 24, and heard from politicians that many of the hurdles to putting legislation on the table have been cleared.

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