Following pressure from the US Government, Canada is preparing to ram through a revamped copyright bill that will have disastrous consequences for consumers.
In 2008, Canadian lawmakers proposed a new anti-piracy bill dubbed C-61. The plans met
great opposition from the public and were eventually wiped from the table later that year prior to the federal elections. Last year, the Government decided to consult the public on what they would want from a new copyright bill.
consultation the public made it clear that stricter copyright laws are not welcome. However, it seems that this has had very little effect as Canada's Prime Minister is about to announce a new , even more draconian law. Michael Geist, prof.
E-commerce Law in Ottawa, described the bill as the most anti-consumer copyright bill in Canadian history.
The effects of a draconian copyright bill in Canada can be far reaching. Things Canadians take for granted, like copying your
music from your computer to your music player and vice versa, can be deemed illegal with this new bill, Gary Fung of IsoHunt told TorrentFreak.
ISPs can be forced to handover private information of users on a whim without due process. They
may be further encouraged to throttle P2P traffic, even for entirely legitimate uses like game files distribution. The new bill also is unlikely to provide fair exceptions for breaking DRM for purposes that doesn't violate copyright, which unfairly
prohibits one's tinkering with electronics he owns, Gary added.
Gary's warnings are justified. Although it is not completely clear what the details of the new bill will be, it is expected that it will be the Canadian equivalent of the US
Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This means that copyright takedown request become a censorship tool while consumers lose several fair use rights.