Michael Geist says: [edited]
C-11 committee concluded hearing from witnesses yesterday and will begin a review of the bill starting Monday. Next week's discussion will largely determine the future
of Canadian copyright law.
For the thousands of Canadians that have participated in consultations
and sent letters to their MPs, there is reason for concern.
There are copyright lobby groups who have put forward demands that would overhaul Bill C-11 including
requiring Internet providers to block access to foreign sites, take down
content without court oversight, and disclose subscriber information
without a warrant. The industry also wants
individuals to face unlimited statutory damages and pay a new iPod tax.
The last minute push must
be met by Canadians who favour a balanced approach to copyright reform. My message to the MPs
focuses on three simple principles:
1. No SOPA-style amendments. That means no website blocking, no
warrant-less disclosure of subscriber information, no expanded enabler
provision, no unlimited statutory damages, no iPod tax, and no content
2. Maintain the fair dealing balance found in C-11 by expanding the
provision to include education, parody, and satire and relying on the
Supreme Court's six-factor test to ensure that the dealing is fair.
3. Amend the digital lock rules by following the Canadian Library
Association's recommended change linking circumvention to actual
The message is going to my local MP, the Ministers and to Bill C-11 committee members.