Government introduces Copyright amendments

New copyright legislation was introduced today in the House of Commons, as the Copyright Modernization Act, Bill C-11. The Bill is expected to be substantially similar to the previous version.

The government has published a press release and FAQ on the amendments. The text of the Bill is available on the Parliament of Canada website.

This is the fourth attempt to amend the Copyright Act. Previous bills were introduced in 2005 (Bill C-60), 2008 (Bill C-61), and 2010 (Bill C-32). The amendments introduced today should not be confused with amendments in 2002 to the Copyright Act also introduced as Bill C-11 that related to broadcaster rights, now subject of a Supreme Court of Canada appeal (SCC #34321).

[Updated: Added direct link to text of the new legislation.]

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