Geist: Avoiding a WIPO wipeout

This Ottawa Citizen article by Michael Geist includes:

In fact, according to government documents obtained under an Access to Information request, at the time Canada considered signing the treaties, then-Canadian Heritage Minister Sheila Copps was advised that "international convention is such that signing in no way binds Canada to ratify the treaties. It is a symbolic gesture."

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Michael Geist has other columns in the Citizen