Miércoles 29 de Junio de 2005, Ip nº 115

Liberals introduce new copyright legislation
The federal Liberals introduced new legislation on Monday aimed at cracking down on file-sharing over the internet.

Dubbed Bill C-60, the proposed legislation is a package of amendments to the Copyright Act. It covers file-sharing, downloading and burning copies of CDs and movies.

Under the changes, making a CD for personal use would remain legal.

However, a so-called "make available" clause would criminalize putting songs into shared online directories such as Kazaa or BitTorrent.

The amended law would also exempt Internet Service Providers such as Rogers and Telus from copyright liability. They will, however, be required to establish a new warning system, called "notice and notice," a service they currently provide informally.

It would allow rights holders to issue warnings through the ISP to users about alleged sharing of copyrighted material.

The proposed legislation was introduced after intense lobbying by the music industry, which argues that file-sharing has been responsible for a downturn in sales.

Last year, a group of musicians appeared on Parliament Hill to ask the government to update the 1908 Copyright Act.

The new changes are not expected to be passed for some time. It will likely be later in the year or next spring before they become law.

Prime Minister Paul Martin has said he will call an election after the final report of the Gomery commission is published, which is expected in December.

  20/06/2005. CBC.ca.