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Canada Passes Bill C-11: Ushers In New Age of Copyright Reform

OTTAWA, ON – On June 29, the Senate approved Bill C-11, The Copyright Modernization Act. 

Bill C-11 ensures that Canada is brought in line with international treaties. Changes from the old copyright legislation include: the extension of fair dealing provisions to encompass education, parody and satire use; time shifting for legally obtained broadcast media, and; reproducing copyrighted work for education purposes.  Additionally, if notified by copyright holders, internet service providers will be required to notify their users if and when they may be infringing on copyrighted material. 

Consequences for infringement will be more severe: individuals will be held accountable for damages from $500 to $20,000 for commercial use, while non-commercial use damages will range from $100 to $5,000.  The legislation will be reviewed every five years.