The Library of Parliament recently published a Legislative Summary of Bill C-32: An Act to amend the Copyright Act
"The bill adds new rights and exceptions to the Copyright Act.2 As noted in the bill's summary, the objectives of Bill C-32 are to:
"Whether the bill will achieve these objectives is a subject of debate amongst the various stakeholders affected by copyright reform, including authors, artists, musicians, record labels, book publishers, collective societies, libraries, museums, school associations, software developers, retailers, and consumers."
- update the rights and protections of copyright owners to better address the challenges and opportunities of the Internet, so as to be in line with international standards;
- clarify Internet service providers' liability and make the enabling of online copyright infringement itself an infringement of copyright;
- permit businesses, educators and libraries to make greater use of copyright material in digital form;
- allow educators and students to make greater use of copyright material;
- permit certain uses of copyright material by consumers;
- give photographers the same rights as other creators;
- ensure that [the Copyright Act] remains technologically neutral; and
- mandates a review of [the Copyright Act] by Parliament every five years."
Earlier Library Boy posts on the topic of copyright reform:
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