Banking, Trade and Commerce – June 22, 2012 (Part 1 of 3)

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Banking, Trade and Commerce – June 22, 2012 (Part 1 of 3)

Senators continued their study of Bill C-11, the government’s copyright reform legislation.

The following witnesses testified during this session: Copyright expert Michael Geist; Jay Kerr-Wilson from the Business Coalition for Balanced Copyright; Greg Fergus and Steve Wills, who were both representing the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada; Zachary Dayler with the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA); and Canadian Library Association representatives Victoria Owen and Kelly Moore.

Although the witnesses supported the bill, they did express some concerns, namely with the digital lock provisions. The bill would make it illegal for consumers to break the lock on legitimately purchased CDs, DVDs or electronic books, even for personal or educational use.

UPDATE: Bill C-11 received royal assent on June 29.