Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bill C-32 - Get Informed

Never heard of Bill C-32? Here's the official government summary:

This enactment amends the Copyright Act to

(a) update the rights and protections of copyright owners to better address the challenges and opportunities of the Internet, so as to be in line with international standards;

(b) clarify Internet service providers’ liability and make the enabling of online copyright infringement itself an infringement of copyright;

(c) permit businesses, educators and libraries to make greater use of copyright material in digital form;

(d) allow educators and students to make greater use of copyright material;

(e) permit certain uses of copyright material by consumers;

(f) give photographers the same rights as other creators;

(g) ensure that it remains technologically neutral; and

(h) mandate its review by Parliament every five years.

Want to know more? Read further details on Bill C-32

Both sides of the argument:

Copyright: get it right! is an ad hoc group of Canadians concerned about the impacts of Bill C-32 on the sustainability of Canada's Creative Industry. They present five "fast facts" to support their concern at Learn more at

The Government of Canada presents an argument in favour of the modernization of Canada's Copyright Act to address the digital age. Read their specific argument at Learn more at