Canadian Intellectual Property Council supports copyright initiative: looks forward to amendments before bill is passed

OTTAWA, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Intellectual Property Council (CIPC) members are pleased that the government has kept its promise to swiftly introduce copyright legislation back in the House of Commons.

"The members of the CIPC look forward to working with the government to get a system in place in Canada that better protects intellectual property rights" said CIPC Co-Chair Kevin Spreekmeester of Canada Goose. "It boils down to protecting good Canadian jobs and growing the Canadian economy so that we can compete internationally."

Bill C-11 is intended to bring Canada in line with other leading nations that have adopted the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty. The CIPC strongly supports this goal, and the government's clear recognition that a modern and effective copyright regime is a critical pillar in Canada's digital economy.

While the CIPC is very encouraged that the government intends on passing a good copyright bill during this Parliamentary session, we observe that certain provisions of the former C-32 that, as drafted, presented problems and unintended consequences remain in the new bill, and will be seeking technical changes to avoid these issues and give full effect to the principles articulated by the bill.

"Given the extensive input received in relation to the last version of this bill, the CIPC is very confident that the changes needed to ensure this bill meets the government's goals will be made, and that Canada will soon be better equipped to combat online piracy and promote legitimate business models", stated Chris Gray, Director of the CIPC.

Improvements are needed in the areas of: enabling infringement; encryption research; computer and network security; interoperability; reverse-engineering of software; user-generated content; online service provider liability ("safe harbours"); private copying and back-ups; and statutory damages.

About the CIPC

The Canadian Intellectual Property Council is an organization under the banner of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce that presses for stronger protection of intellectual property rights in Canada.


For further information:

Chris Gray
Office: 613.238.4000 ext. 251
Cell:  613.851.3478

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