The Software and Hardware Implications of the Proposed Bill C-61

Economist Joseph Potvin weighs in on Bill C-61 (html, pdf)


Bill C-61 was tabled in the Canadian Parliament on 12 June 2008 to ammend the Copyright Act. The methods implemented in the Bill would, if passed by Parliament, have pivotal impacts on the basic legal and competitive business environment for the software and hardware sectors generally. To date, primary attention in government, media and public discussion has been directed to the Bill's objectives and potential outcomes in relation to music, movies, and performances, as well as in relation to changing the SIM cards in cell phones. The impacts upon other sectors have not been widely considered. The purpose of this present brief is to outline the general implications of Bill C-61 for producers and users of software and hardware.