March 24, 2005

Canadian Government Outlines Proposed Amendments to the Copyright Act

:: Copyright reform took a step forward today in Canada:

On March 24, the ministers of Canadian Heritage and Industry released a Statement outlining the Government's proposals for amendments to the Copyright Act that would address the short-term group of reform issues. The Government intends to introduce a bill later this spring. The Government also tabled on the same day its Response to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage's May 2004 Interim Report on Copyright Reform. The Response includes the Government Statement.

A backgrounder setting out highlights of the Government's proposals is provided, as well as a series of frequently asked questions to assist in understanding the Statement. Stakeholders will have an opportunity to make their views known to the appropriate parliamentary committee after the bill is introduced.

These documents are also available at:

* Joint site
* Industry Canada

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