Bill C-11 Contains Positive Elements but Digital Lock Amendments Still
OTTAWA, July 3, 2012 /CNW/ - While critical amendments are still needed,
the Canadian Library Association (CLA) is pleased to see that the
government has finally passed its long-awaited update to the Copyright Act, Bill C-11. The bill received Royal Assent on Friday.
CLA is disappointed that the digital locks provisions have remained
unchanged; however, there are some positive elements to acknowledge in
the new legislation, including fair dealing provisions for education,
parody and satire, and improved user rights for people with perceptual
"Copyright is a very complex issue, and we note the government's
attempts to attain a balance between all of the competing interests,"
noted Victoria Owen, Chair of the CLA Copyright Advisory Committee.
"The role of libraries is to facilitate the flow of information
essential for access to research, ideas and innovation. Libraries meet
societal needs the market cannot meet."
CLA believes that the government has missed an opportunity to introduce
a truly balanced and nuanced information policy. The digital locks
provision compromises the public interest by allowing content
providers, not Parliament, to determine Canadian statutory rights. CLA
will continue to press for amendments, particularly to allow
circumvention of technical protection measures for non-infringing
A new provision in the Copyright Act stipulates that the Act will be
reviewed every five years by a committee of Parliament.
"The CLA Copyright Advisory Committee is to be commended for its
vigorous and unwavering efforts to provide input to the federal
government on this legislation, and to keep the library community
apprised of its potential impacts on access to information," stated CLA
President Karen Adams. "This legislation has been many years in the
making, and our Copyright Committee has been engaged at every stage to
try to influence the best possible outcome for Canadian library users.
Our community should be pleased with the results of these efforts."
CLA extends thanks to the dozens of Members of Parliament who have met
with library representatives in Ottawa and in their ridings to discuss
CLA will continue to work with libraries across the country to provide
guidance on the implementation of the new legislation, and to track
specific aspects of the provisions in C-11 to determine their impact.
The Canadian Library Association is Canada's largest national library
association, representing the interests of approximately 57,000 library
staff in libraries of all kinds, as well as all those concerned with
enhancing the quality of life for Canadians through access to
knowledge, literacy and lifelong learning.
SOURCE Canadian Library Association (CLA)
For further information:
Kelly Moore, CLA Executive Director, at 613-232-9625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.