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Bill C-60 introduces controversial reforms to Canadian copyright law

News | 06/24/2005 4:00 am EDT

New copyright legislation proposed by the Liberal government has seen positive first reaction by many industry stakeholders, but public interest advocates warn that Bill C-60 is being unnecessarily rushed into law with serious defects. The bill, introduced into the House of Commons on June 21, contained few surprises, and, as expected, provides a new right of making available to performers and publishers, as well as providing legal protection for technological anti-hacking measures. As well, the bill would provide for a notice-and-notice system to protect ISPs from copyright liability. While arts groups, publishers, the record labels and ISPs are all singing the virtues of the bill, prominent groups and individuals warn that the proposed legislation would tip the balance of copyright law in this country in favour of rightsholders.

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