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Canada’s Overhaul of Copyright Law Could Take on SOPA Flavor

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Canada’s Overhaul of Copyright Law Could Take on SOPA Flavor

The battle over the Stop Online Piracy Act in the United States may have concluded with millions of Internet users successfully protesting against the bill, but many Canadians are buzzing about the possibility that some of its provisions could make their way into a copyright bill currently before the House of Commons.

For months, the public focus on the bill has centered on its restrictive digital lock provisions, which provide legal protection for technical protections found on DVDs, electronic books, and other digital content. Dozens of organizations - including businesses, the Retail Council of Canada, creator groups, consumer groups, education and library associations, as well as representatives of the visually impaired — have argued the government’s approach is overly restrictive and will upset the traditional copyright balance. They note the restrictive rules do not penalize pirates, but rather Canadian consumers and businesses.

Read More: http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1126541—canada-s-overhaul-of-copyright-law-could-take-on-a-sopa-flavour

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