Canadian Parliament Passes U.S.-Style Copyright Reform

This could get Canada off Washington, D.C.’s movie piracy list: the federal government secures passage of new laws to protect Hollywood’s content rights north of the border.

TORONTO – Pirates of the Canadians?

Years of lobbying by the major studios in Ottawa may soon put an end to all that.

The Canadian House of Commons on Tuesday passed Bill C-11, or the Copyright Modernization Act, after 15 years and four tries.

That means the Motion Picture Association – Canada, which represents the local interests of the major studios, will soon have long-sought local laws to combat online content theft.

These include barring Canadians from picking a digital lock on music, film or any entertainment product protected from duplication, even if for personal use.

C-11 will now pass to the Canadian Senate for approval, which is considered a formality.

Hollywood didn’t get all it sought in Canada’s first copyright reform legislation since 1997.

"The Copyright Modernization Act balances the needs of creators and users. And, most importantly, it will ensure that creators all across Canada know that their work will be protected in Canada and abroad,” federal heritage minister James Moore said on passage of Bill C-11.