Bill C-11

Legislative Committee on Bill C-11 (February 27, 2012)

The committee began hearing from witnesses as it considered the government’s copyright reform legislation.

Associate law professor Jeremy de Beer discussed provisions related to technological protection measures (TPMs), or digital locks, as well as the addition of education, parity and satire as purposes for which copyright works could be fairly used. Associate law professor Samuel E. Trosow focused on aspects of the bill affecting the education community. Lawyer James Gannon cleared up two areas causing frustration or confusion: TMPs and the clause concerning the enablement of copyright infringement.

Marc Workman from the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, stressed the importance of access to copyrighted material to blind Canadians and urged the committee to adopt the alliance’s recommendations regarding TMPs. Brian Boyle and André Cornellier, who were both representing the Canadian Photographers Coalition, expressed their support of the bill, which would make photographers the first owners of the copyright of their photographs.