Saskatoon - Humboldt

Bill C-11 house debate day 5

On November 24, 2011 we had the fifth time when the House of Commons debated Bill C-11 (at Second Reading).

The debate ended with the speaker asking if the house is ready to vote on the amendment. This vote was deferred until Monday at the end of government orders.

I believe the amendment is the one brought by Hon. Geoff Regan (Halifax West, Lib.) on the first day of debate which read:

That the motion be amended by deleting all of the words after the word “That” and submitting the following:

“this House declines to give second reading to Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Copyright Act, because it fails to:

(a) uphold the rights of consumers to choose how to enjoy the content that they purchase through overly-restrictive digital lock provisions;

(b) include a clear and strict test for “fair dealing” for education purposes; and

(c) provide any transitional funding to help artists adapt to the loss of revenue streams that the Bill would cause.

Given the Conservatives have a majority this amendment will fail the vote, but it is interesting to see what the focus from the Liberals have been.

Andrew Mason (Saskatoon - Humboldt, NDP)


Thanks for bringing this issue to my attention. I was not really aware of these controversial aspects of Bill C-60, such as the legal protections proposed for Digital Rights Management technology. I am a strong supporter of maintaining a meaningful "fair use" exception to copyright protection, particularly for education and private study.

I am generally familiar with copyright, particularly as it relates to software and internet. I am a software author myself - I have a small company that does small database development and management. I also worked as a law student many years ago (1980) in an intellectual property law firm and I still practise trademark and copyright law. I can't comment in detail on your proposals but I will take a close look at your site.

All the best,
Andrew Mason

Election 2006: Saskatoon--Humboldt

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Saskatoon–Humboldt / Saskatoon–Humboldt
MP: Bradley Trost (Parliamentary Internet)
Member of: Standing Committee on Industry, Natural Resources, Science and Technology

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