Canada Passes Long-Awaited Copyright Reforms

Bill C-11, which required 15 years of lobbying by piracy-fighting Hollywood studios and four attempts at passage through Parliament, received royal assent on Tuesday.

Canadian copyright reforms designed to protect Hollywood’s content north of the border have become the law of the land.

Bill C-11, or the Copyright Modernization Act, took 15 years and four attempts to make its way through Parliament before it received royal assent on Tuesday.

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The new law aims to combat online content theft, and bars Canadians from picking a digital lock on music, film or any entertainment product protected from duplication, even if for personal use.

“The legislation isn't perfect, but it's a major step forward in terms of job protection and creation in our industry,” IATSE international president Matthew D. Loeb said in a statement as Bill C-11 became law.

The new copyright climate also has Canada fall into line with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) standards.

"We have delivered on our commitment to modernize Canada's copyright legislation and strike the right balance between the needs of creators and users,” Christian Paradis, the federal minister of industry, said Tuesday.