In our June, 2008 newsletter (Volume 1, Issue 3) we reported on significant changes that had been proposed to the Copyright Act (Canada) in the form of Bill C-61. As a result of the dissolution of Parliament in advance of the October 14, 2008 federal election, Bill C-61 died on the order paper. In order for the new Conservative government to resurrect the bill, it will have to be re-introduced in Parliament.
In the November 19, 2008, Speech from the Throne, the new Conservative government’s commitment to copyright reform was referenced. It is unknown, however, when such legislation may be reintroduced or whether the new bill will be in the same form as the former Bill C-61.