Canadian Copyright Bill Halted by Public Protests

Canadian Copyright Bill Halted by Public Protests
A proposed copyright bill that was set to be introduced in Ottawa sometime last week has been halted, due to rampant public opposition by Canadians who feel that it will mainly pander to corporate interests.

Attempting to reform Canadian copyright laws by placing tighter restrictions on intellectual property, critics argue that Bill C60 falls too closely in line with the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, effectively outlawing activities such as taping a television show to a DVR device or copying files to DVD and MP3 players.

Opponents are accusing those spearheading the bill of succumbing to the pressure of lobbyists from US entertainment companies that want all manners of digital copying banned.

The House of Commons the venue for the bill's introduction, will reconvene in January.

More information for those opposing the bill can be found at KillBillC60.ca, a project of Digital-Copyright.ca, a citizens' group established to "counter the industry lobbying forces which are trying to strengthen all Intellectual Property laws, often, to the detriment of individual Canadians, and Canadian society as a whole.”