Balancing the complexities of copyright, maintaining fairness to the holder – all while staying ahead of the ever changing advancements in the era of technology, is the task faced by the Canadian government. Back at the round table, lawmakers are rehashing the balancing act. Present law sets a maximum penalty for private infringements of copyright at C$20,000 per infringement. New legislation would reduce that maximum to C$500. Commercial pirating would continue to face severe liabilities in corporate lawsuits and be subject to criminal prosecution, with penalties of up to five years in prison.
OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Canadian government, struggling to stay ahead of fast-moving technological developments, will launch consultations next week to help it craft new copyright legislation.
The U.S. Trade Representative fingered Canada in April, putting it on its priority watch list because of growing concerns about what it sees as weak protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
There is always a struggle between pleasing copyright holders and users, a balance that tries to recognize the modern reality of an increasingly tech-savvy population while not eliminating ownership rights protection for companies and artists.
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The fact is, in the words of Harvard Entertainment law professor Lawrence Lessig, copyright law is broken, and no amendment will fix the fact that society has changed not only the way it views infringement, but uses intellectual property as a form of expression, and copyright law needs to reflect that.
To learn more about what’s really going on with Canadian copyright and find our what you can do, visit Michael Geist, Canadian advocate for copyrigh reform.