Copyright

Private Member’s Bill, C-272 was introduced: “An Act to amend the Copyright Act (diagnosis, maintenance or repair)” would add section 41.121 to the Copyright Act to modify TPMs to allow a person to circumvent “a technological protection measure that controls access to a computer program if the person does so for the sole purpose of diagnosing, maintaining or repairing a product in which the computer program is embedded”.

From the sponsor, Bill May’s speech:

When someone buys something, it must be able to be repaired by that person and not restricted by the manufacturer. Repairing the things we own is key for our environment, for the safety of Canadians and to our livelihoods. These factors have never been more important than during the pandemic, when repairs are more critical than ever for manufacturing, infrastructure and agriculture.

Last week another Private Member’s Bill, S-225, was introduced to amend the Copyright Act directed to compensation for “journalist works”.

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