The Canadian government is considering modifying the Copyright Act to address digital copyright issues:
In order for Canada to be an important player in the emerging digital economy, the Copyright Act may need to be amended to ensure that it continues to be meaningful, clear and balanced. In particular, the examination of key digital copyright issues is necessary to fully realize the government\'s priority of promoting the dissemination of new and interesting content on-line, for and by Canadians. The departments believe it is now an opportune moment to initiate consultation with stakeholders on whether the Act should be amended to:
1. Set out a new exclusive right in favour of copyright owners, including performers and record producers, to make their works available on-line to the public;
2. Prevent the circumvention of technologies used to protect copyright material; and,
3. Prohibit tampering with rights management information.
Another important issue relates to the circumstances under which Internet service providers should be held liable for the transmission and storage of copyright material when their facilities are involved. At present, the Act does not clearly identify the conditions for imposing liability, nor does it explicitly limit such liability. [More]
The public comment period ends September 15th. Thanks to Waterloo Wide Web.