Bill C-60

Bill C-60, “An Act to amend the Copyright Act” , with first reading June 20, 2005. Please also see our Bill C-60 specific pages.

Liberal Bill C-60

NO Bill C-60www.KillBillC60.caNO Bill C-60 is a project of, a citizens' group established to counter the industry lobbying forces which are trying to strengthen all Intellectual Property laws, often, to the detriment of individual Canadians, and Canadian society as a whole.

Learning from the mistakes of our neighbours...

Posting letter from Gavin Baker (see previous article) to the BLOG with permission.


Canadians concerned with the now-dead (yay, no-confidence!) C-60 should pay attention to the chatter south of the bother.

Our DMCA (which as you know, is our ratification of the same WIPO treaty C-60 is meant to ratify) has the built-in "balance" of a triennial exemption review. Every 3 years, the Copyright Office holds a rulemaking where they issue a request for comment looking for proposed exemptions to the DMCA in cases of fair use. But after going through this process a few times, what we've found is it sucks to all hell. The rules of the rulemaking are so biased against creating any exemptions that it's not worth even trying -- which is exactly what the EFF has said in a recent document.

Circumventing Privacy: when technological measures become spyware

Greg Hagen, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Calgary, wrote an article for On the Identity Trail which included:

The fact that the spyware was embedded in XCP should give pause to those who support Bill C-60, which lends legitimacy to technological measures (to protect copyright) that embed spyware.
Yet, the implicit rationale for excepting acts which do not infringe copyright or moral rights –the recognition that technical measures can interfere with the legitimate exercise of rights - should lead to the conclusion that an exception to the circumvention prohibition should exist in respect of the legitimate exercise of all rights provided by law.

ORC: New Year's Resolution: Learn About Copyright Reform

With the Canadian government on early holiday, last year's copyright reform legislation is officially dead. But it's going to be back in 2006, and all of its provisions will be up for debate. Online Rights Canada (ORC) has assembled a set of easy-to-use background materials on copyright reform that will get you up to speed.

Click here for the full archive.

Geist: The Liberal Tech Law Record: 2004-05

Michael Geist's weekly Law Bytes column ( Toronto Star version, p2pnet, Freely available version) examines the Canadian Liberal minority government’s record on technology law issues in light of the current election campaign. He sugests that much like the underlying policies themselves, the record is a mixed bag. It falls into three groups of developments: (i) completed policies; (ii) policies that stalled when the government fell late last month; and (iii) policies that never quite got off the ground.

Letter received from the Department of Canadian Heritage

Letter received from the Department of Canadian Heritage on November 28, 2005.

Dear Mr. McOrmond

I am writing in response to your correspondence to the Honourable Liza Frulla, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Satatus of Women, co-addressed to various Members of Parliament, regarding Bill C-60, An Act to amend the Copyright Act, as it pertains to digital rights management.

Music Creators Coalition Newsletters #1 and #2

Keith Serry, has been working to launch a Music Creators Coalition. The following are the first two newsletters. Please contact e-mail keith.serry [at] gmail [dot] com. to get onto his email list! Coalition covered on p2pnet.

October 20, 2005

First of all, hello!

My name is Keith Serry. I’m a Montreal-based music lover, public relations consultant and amateur technology watcher.

For a while now, I’ve been trying to answer a simple question: If the Internet is going to keep changing the way we make, buy, share and experience music, why is it that the major labels — the same people who have been mistreating artists for decades — are the loudest voices in the heritage policy and copyright law debate? Don’t these guys have a pretty lousy track record of sticking up for artists’ well being? To put it another way, I wondered why the artists didn’t speak for themselves.

Teachers association decries new federal copyright law

A Whitehorse Daily Online article includes:

A new copyright law being proposed by the federal government will have a negative impact on Canada’s education system by making current research methods criminal acts. That’s the opinion of Yukon Teachers’ Association president Sandra Henderson.

p2pnet: Bill C-60 dies with Martin team

A p2pnet article includes:

CIPPIC (Canadian Interest Policy and Public Interest Clinic) counsel David Fewer tells p2pnet readers the death of the Martin team won't mean in any dramatic turn-arounds, but it will give Canadians another chance to make sure the new government acts in their, rather than industry, interests.

Slyck News: Bill C-60 and Bill C-74 Die

This Slyck News article by Drew Wilson includes:

To examine this issue and discuss what it means for the P2P community, Slyck spoke with David Fewer and Phillipa Lawson, legal council and Executive Director/General Counsel of the CIPPIC (Canadian Interest Policy and Public Interest Clinic.)

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