The Battle over C-11 Concludes: How Thousands of Canadians Changed The Copyright Debate

Michael Geist, Weblog, Jun 20, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Michael Geist wraps up the debate over C-11, the new Canadian copyright law, as follows: "Despite the loss on digital locks, however, the passage of Bill C-11 features some important wins for Canadians who spoke out on copyright." There's a really good table in the article that shows many of the user-centric reforms that made their way into the bill through years of redrafting. All of that said, though, "There is no sugar-coating the loss on digital locks... other countries have been willing to stand up to U.S. pressure... nce Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the call for a DMCA-style approach in early May 2010, the digital lock issue was lost." All true. But it does povide a single point of focus that some future government may address. And in the mean time, I need to construct a simple (and very flimsy) digital lock to protect my website from inspection.

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