"Copyright legislation has to be amended to make [compliant] our copyright laws and ratify the international treaties," Ms. Oda (Curham, Ont.) said. "We will be introducing a new copyright bill that will expedite meeting our international obligations but also making sure that we have a copyright regime and a copyright framework that's appropriate."
There is no need for Canada to feel an obligation to ratify the 1996 WIPO treaties, highly controvercial policy which protects incumbent content industry monopolies from necessary competition and modernization. When it came to policy that protected authors right, such as the Berne Convention that was one of the founding treaties of WIPO, we see that Canada entered into force on April 10, 1928 while our lagest trading partner/competitor, the United States, only did so on March 1, 1989. When we are talking about protectionist policies, protecting primarily the businesses and business models of our largest trade competitor, there is a claim to be an immediate obligation that stifles debate. When we are talking about policies which protect authors rights it can take that same trade competitor a full 61 years to catch up with Canada.