In the last TLQ, we discussed the amendments to the Copyright Act proposed in Bill C-61. Because the Conservative government called an election for October 14, 2008 and Parliament was dissolved, the copyright amendment bill died on the order paper. If the new government wishes to resurrect the bill, it will have to re-introduce the bill as a new bill in the next session.

The previous Liberal government’s attempt to update Canada’s Copyright Act in 2005 suffered a similar fate — that government’s bill also died on the order paper.