Canada Pursues U.S.-Style Copyright Reform, Again

Anti-Piracy DVD Pile - H 2011
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Anti-Piracy DVD Pile - H 2011

Pirates of the Canadians? Not if Ottawa can help it, as it reintroduces on Thursday long-sought measures for digital copyright reform at the urging of Hollywood.

TORONTO – This could please Hollywood, finally.

The Canadian government on Thursday will make a fourth attempt at domestic copyright reform to get Canada off Washington, D.C.’s movie piracy list.

Federal industry minister Christian Paradis and heritage minister James Moore will tomorrow be on hand at bitHeads, the Ottawa-based mobile app maker, to announce the long-awaited reintroduction of Bill C-32, or the Copyright Modernization Act.

An earlier third attempt to pass the Copyright Modernization Act by the ruling Conservatives was thwarted by a spring 2011 federal election call.

But the Conservatives now enjoying majority control of Parliament in Ottawa opened the way for Paradis to reintroduce a new version of Bill C-32.

The Conservatives have pursued passage of Bill C-32 after being shamed by the office of the U.S. Trade Representative into cracking down on copyright infringement.

Ottawa's last attempt at copyright reform legislation proposed to amend the federal Copyright Act to bar Canadians from picking a digital lock on music, film or any entertainment product protected from duplication.

The Motion Pictures Association of Canada, which represents the interests of the major studios here, has consistently urged Ottawa to ensure Bill C-32 introduces meaningful copyright reform.

High on the studios’ wish list are rules to make online piracy illegal, stopping the distribution of bootleg content and supporting a legitimate digital marketplace.