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Canada tries to pull a Fast-one with a SOPA of it’s own (Bill C-11)

Like Your PVR? Like your right to copy CDs or DVDs you bought for your own use? Right now that is all legal and prudent in Canada. Well folks PM Harper is saying NO – he wants to make that illegal. The Tories are screwing us by making sure that we can no longer tape, record, copy or otherwise enjoy media that we paid for in anyway other than a first listen scenario.

Let us rise up against this more draconian bill than SOPA and try to stop it.  Shame!

The Bill – http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Docid=5144516&file=4


Bill C-11 includes provisions to address consumer activities such as format and time shifting, however these are all subject to digital locks.


On September 29th, 2011 the Government reintroduced the Copyright Modernization Act, Bill C-11 (previously Bill C-32). The Government which now holds a majority seems poised to expedite the passage of this legislation into Canadian law by taking actions to limit debate and engage in only hasty committee hearings.

It is essential that your Member of Parliament hear from you on this topic and it is to this effect that the CCER has updated its online letter writing tool. This could be your last chance to speak out on this issue so it is imperative that you send a letter to Ottawa today even if you have spoken out in the past.


5 Responses to “Canada tries to pull a Fast-one with a SOPA of it’s own (Bill C-11)”

  1. Sari Boudreau says:

    Isn’t the whole idea of having PVR so that you can record a show and watch it later when it is more convenient? Way to go Harper…you’ve shown us once again that you have less common sense than a gnat, and how much you really want to restrict our freedoms!

  2. textureweb says:

    I guess that is why this is more of a threat to Canadians than SOPA was. Though with time SOPA would have been the ‘reason’ for this. There are similar bills in various stages in the UK and the EU along these lines.

  3. textureweb says:

    From Scott Armstrong MP Colchester Cumberland NS I got this message:

    Todd – Just wanted to discuss Bill C-11 with you:

    On September 29, 2011, the Government reintroduced the Copyright Modernization Act in the House of Commons. In the Speech from the Throne, the Government promised to reintroduce copyright legislation that balances the needs of creators and users.

    The Government recognizes the critical role modern copyright laws play in protecting and creating jobs in Canada’s digital economy. This legislation will ensure that Canada’s copyright laws are modern, flexible and in line with current international standards. It will encourage new ideas and protect the rights of Canadians whose research, development and artistic creativity strengthen our economy.

    This legislation is the result of one of the largest consultations of its kind in Canadian history. The Government acknowledges the extensive review and input already provided by stakeholders and Parliamentarians on the copyright modernization bill introduced in the last Parliament, and thanks all who provided input. From that process, the message from Canadians is clear: Canada urgently needs to pass legislation to update its Copyright Act. By reintroducing this Bill without changes, the Government is reiterating its support for a balanced approach to copyright reform.

    A bit of background on the process to date:

    Since 1997, three attempts have been made to amend Canada’s Copyright Act, the latest being Bill C-32, the Copyright Modernization Act, which died on the Order Paper when the House of Commons dissolved in March 2011. Bill C-32 was developed following an eight-week national consultation in 2009, with significant participation by Canadians and stakeholder groups representing all points of view related to copyright. The proposed legislation will give Canadian creators and consumers the tools they need to increase Canada’s international competitiveness and will implement the rights and protections of the World Intellectual Property Organization Internet treaties. Through the Bill, the Government will:

    – modernize the Copyright Act, bringing it in line with advances in technology and international standards;
    – address the interests of Canadians, from those who create content to the consumers who benefit from it;
    – provide a framework that is forward-looking and flexible, that will help protect and create jobs, stimulate our economy and attract new investment to Canada; and
    – establish rules that are technologically neutral, so they can be adapted to a constantly evolving technological environment while ensuring appropriate protection for both creators and users.

    I hope this information has been useful to you and has given you a wider understanding of the proposed copyright legislation before the House of Commons.

    – 30 –

    My response was:

    Regarding your thoughts on C-11.

    Thanks for the press release message Scott, but I think people would be better served by you posting it – though Doula Munroe did so below. It really is not much more than a spin message thought. Now that you have heard a bit from others on the subject, I think that you might want to explain how or if you are going to take away my PVR for example? Details Please. As kids from the 70s and 80s, the idea of copying music from one device (an album) to another (tape deck) for personal use has no place in this bill. I agree that Piracy should be stopped – but not in this manner. The software and recording/moving picture industries all have a 20% piracy loss factored into bottom lines. I am not advocating duiping DVDs for sale at a flea market, but there is no way you will be able to force YouTube from stopping usergenerated content or indeed any user generated content on servers not in Canada. Those questions and points are not answered by a press release copy paste.

    I guess a bit more Scott and a little less PR Engineering here was expected and hopefully you can still respond without a copy paste or wordsmithed message on this important issue.

    – 30 –

    Scott did message me back personally which is good, but would have rathered he was a bit more public on the wall rather than a message. As an elected official and being one using facebook, all information is public btw. Perhaps it is best to talk about this person to person, but then again social media platforms allows one to share a trading of thoughts and ideas. – t

    “Todd, I am on the copyright committee so I will be attending the committee hearings on the Bill over the next several weeks. My role is primarily to provide and education opinion on the issue and I can tell you that the bill is being supported by all our Atlantic schools and well as the teachers. It protects the ability for teachers to use material etc. The Bill as been debated and discussed for many hours both at committee and in the house and although no Bill is perfect most stakeholders agree that it is balanced. We are now discussing technicle details which will also focus on new technology such as cloud computing etc. It is a very complicated Bill and if you want to discuss specific aspects we can talk on the phone any time!”

  4. textureweb says:

    The real issue is not copying for resale – which is piracy. The real issue is shutting down our rights to copy music from an album to a tape (circa 1985). Or if I put a CD in my mac and it asks if i want to break the law – ie do you want to back up this CD. Everyone has the right to back up information they buy for personal use. Just don’t share the copy for a price. We can do that now. In the future if C11 passes, we cannot. Nor can we have a PVR, copy an MP3 from our computer to our MP3 player, or even shoot a video of our kids with the radio playing in the background.

    Thank you to our duly elected representatives for responding to the heavily funded lobby groups.

    Speak out: http://www.ccer.ca/speakout

  5. textureweb says:

    From my Member of Parliament (NDP):

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Conservative government’s copyright bill. My colleague Charlie Angus, the Official Opposition Critic for Digital Issues and Copyright, has been working hard to thoroughly examine Bill C-11 and its impact on Canadians and has asked that I share his response with you. His response below demonstrates our shared belief in the amendments needed to make this bill right for Canadians.

    I spoke on this issue recently, telling the House that in being elected by the people of Halifax, I have been sent to the House to protect your rights, to protect your ownership interests in your creations and to stand up for fair compensation for your work. I am proud to bring the views of Halifax residents to this important debate and will continue to take your responses with me as I fight against this bill, and others proposed by the Conservative government that infringe upon the lives of Canadians. I have attached a copy of the Hansard for your review!

    My colleagues and I will not be supporting this bill and will continue to fight for the protection of Canadian livelihoods everywhere.



    Megan Leslie
    Member of Parliament for Halifax