Canadian Copyright Reform: Bill C-61

Law360, New York (July 14, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Canadian government submitted its long-awaited bill to amend Canada’s Copyright Act to Parliament on June 12, 2008. The primary purpose of this revision was to bring Canada into compliance with the 1996 WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT).

This is Canada’s third attempt to revamp its copyright law to comply with these treaties. The first attempt died when the federal Parliament dissolved for a general election. The second attempt met with so much opposition that the minority government was...
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