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Copyright veteran Knopf sees reason for concern in WIPO reform direction

News | 12/16/2004 5:00 am EST

Pessimism is growing among those opposed to Canada’s apparent moves to implement the controversial World Intellectual Property Organization’s Internet treaties, with Canadian Heritage pressing forward to introduce legislation to that effect by this spring (CNM, Dec.6/04). Critics of that copyright reform, and of Canadian lawmakers’ direction in accepting the guidance of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, say Canada is headed towards a regime that replicates the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The result, they say, will be stringent restrictions on the use of copyrighted material, as well as a trade imbalance in cultural materials that will see an increasing number of dollars flow out of the country.

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