Discussing copyright with the Honourable James Scott Peterson, Minister of International Trade

The following is a reply to a letter I received from the Honourable James Scott Peterson, Minister of International Trade, on Copyright.

Summary: Bill C-60 may step into areas of provincial jurisdiction, diminishes legitimate property rights, has not received adequate hearings, and seems inconsistant with other domestic and foreign policy goals. In relation to policy laundered 1996 WIPO treaties, the past Heritage Minister 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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