Elizabeth May and C-11

Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party, was the focus of attention for the debate at report stage of Bill C-11.  In her speech introducing amendments she spoke about why she introduced 18 amendments to the act.  It was also voting on each of these amendments that was taking the time yesterday during votes, and it was she that eventually "released the hostages" by allowing previous votes to apply to later motions.

Unlike other MPs and other parties, her amendments more closely reflected what Canadians said in consultations.   While there were other issues up for debate, such as educational copyright, the bulk of submissions and participation in the consultations were opposition to legal protection for "technological measures".  Given this, while she also addressed educational copyright, the bulk of her amendments addressed various aspects of technological measures.


  • Motion 3: Regulations around the word "education" for educational fair dealing
  • Motion 4: Making time-shifting provisions not subservient to TPMs
  • Motion 5: Making backups not subservient to TPMs
  • Motion 6: Meaning of "lesson" in educational institutions
  • Motion 7: Making "reproducing lessons" not subservient to TPMs
  • Motion 8: Remove 5-day limit on digital library loans
  • Motion 9: Make use control TPMs tied to infringing purposes (See earlier notes)
  • Motion 10: Remove beyond-WIPO prohibition on multi-purpose circumvention devices
  • Motion 11: Protecting minors from harm of TPMs
  • Motion 12: Require that TPMs be labeled (dependencies/tied selling/compatability, network authentication/etc, circumvention of limits and exceptions to copyright)
  • Motion 13: Enabling circumvention services by "qualified person" on behalf of someone lawfully entitled to circumvent (AKA: The "legalizing locksmiths" provision)
  • Motion 14: Removes law enforcement exception to anti-circumvention devices (Related to motion 10)
  • Motion 15: Removes computer program interoperability exception to anti-circumvention devices (Related to motion 10)
  • Motion 16: Removes encryption research exception to anti-circumvention devices (Related to motion 10)
  • Motion 17:  Removes privacy services exception to anti-circumvention devices (Related to motion 10)
  • Motion 18: Remove security vulnerability exception to anti-circumvention devices (Related to motion 10)
  • Motion 19: Remove reference to Motion 10 removed circumvention devices from perceptual disabilities exception
  • Motion 20: Remove reference to Motion 10 removed circumvention devices from radio apparatus exception
  • Motion 21: Allows Copyright Board to also make exceptions to access and use TPMs, not only cabinet.