Copyright amendments cause Internet stir for government

A Canadian Press article discusses the possible delay in tabling the Copyright bill.

Prentice told the House that the government has an obligation to bring in a copyright bill to implement the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO's) Internet treaties that Canada signed onto in 1997.

Mr. Prentice should stop trying to pass the buck with this misinformation. Canada is under absolutely no obligation to implement or ratify these treaties.

Simply put, signing is to ratifying as dating is to marriage. Past Heritage Minister Sheila Copps was told when she signed these treaties that signing was only an indication of interest, and did not create obligations. This is consistent with what other countries do, with the USA signing Kyoto, the International Criminal Court, and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child without ratifying any of them.

Mr. Prentice should only be tabling this bill because *he* and the Honourable Josée Verner (Minister of Heritage) thinks it is good for Canada, as Canadians will hold them and any MP that speaks in favor of it personally responsible for the harm caused by the bill.