Copyright Extension

A private members bill has been introduced that would, if enacted, extend copyright to 70 years. Bill C-299, An Act to amend the Copyright Act (term of copyright), was introduced on Friday by Conservative Peter Van Loan.

The proposed amendments are to sections 6, 6.1, 6.2, 7, 9, 11.1, 12 to replace “50” with “70” and some related amendments. The transitional provisions say that the amendments would not serve to revive any copyright that had already expired.


Some sections of the Copyright Act were amended in May/June 2015 to extend the copyright protection of sound record and performance rights.