Note: This is a more detailed document. For higher-level analysis, please see the Bill C-32 FAQ.
The only show-stoppers in my mind, problems which if not corrected should cause the bill to be voted down by opposition parties, are those relating to legal protection for technological measures. The fix is relatively easy: any additional protection that these mixed-use technologies are offered should be tied to the carrying out of activities which are otherwise already copyright infringements.
In my analysis of the bill I have tried to be as positive as possible. Having been actively involved in the copyright reform process since the summer of 2001, I have largely given up on the idea that revisions to the copyright act will be beneficial to the interests of independent creators. The choice we are presented with in the current political climate is not to advocate for good Copyright policy, but the necessity to work hard to try to turn disastrously bad policy into something a little less bad.
All of the comparatively positive aspects of the bill are nullified by the legal protection of technological measures, including by allowing these all too often abused technologies to supersede and effectively replace the rest of the Copyright Act.
Many copyright holders point to the rise in the use of new communications technologies like the Internet as being the source of their problems. Along with these new technologies came various technological measures that were marketed to copyright holders, some which are helpful and some which are very harmful to the interests of copyright holders. Most of the statistics used to indicate losses do not differentiate between losses due to infringement and losses due to unintended consequences from misunderstood and misapplied technological measures.
I make this observation primarily an author and commercial support person for independent software. I am also a Canadian who wants to be given as many opportunities as possible to legally acquire and (when requested) pay for content created by others, noting that far too often the copyrighted works I wish to acquire are not made legally available to me either as a Canadian, or under reasonable terms.
To understand the basic issues and questions behind technical protection measures, please see: Protecting property rights in a digital world.
Note: Clause 47 on technological measures is nearly 15 pages long (Pages 43 through 57), making it clear that this is the largest single concept being put forward in this bill. I think that anyone who suggests that the technical measures aspect of the bill is not important hasn't looked at the bill.