Niagara Falls

Bill C-59 debate complete (about an hour and 10 mins), bill passed.

It is now 17:00 and the debate is complete. (Hansard transcript now available) A total of 10 people spoke, including the Justice Minister (Hon. Rob Nicholson), and the Justice critics for the Liberals (Hon. Marlene Jennings), Bloc (Réal Ménard) and NDP (Joe Comartin).

Behind the Scenes of Canada's Movie Piracy Bill

Michael Geist's weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star, MG's website) uses documents obtained under the Access to Information Act to provide a behind the scenes look at Canada's new movie piracy bill. The documents reveal that the bill is based largely on draft legislation directly provided by the industry and that the Minister of Canadian Heritage was advised by department officials that there was little evidence that the proposal would prove more effective than current Canadian law.

Camcorder bootlegging: Government cites stiff copyright laws already in place

A National Post article by Janice Tibbetts suggests that at least the Justice Minister Rob Nicholson understands that the Canadian Copyright act is already very strong.

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said in an interview that there is already a stiff copyright law in Canada to catch people who sneak camcorders into movie theatres for the purposes of filming for commercial distribution.

"I do point out to people that the country is not completely bereft of laws in this area," he said.

I wonder if he also knows that the Canadian Copyright act already gives copyright holders the tools to sue for unauthorized "sharing" of music, movies, and other copyright works via P2P? Maybe the FUD spread by the recording industry and the past Heritage ministers will be reduced?

Michael Geist and Howard Knopf are also quoted in the article.

Election 2006: Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls / Niagara Falls
MP: Rob Nicholson (Parliamentary Internet)

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