Greens bring forward “last chance” amendments to fix copyright law

Today in the House of Commons, the Speaker selected 18 amendments from Green Party leader on C-11, the new Copyright Act. Despite attempts by NDP and Liberal MPs to makes substantive changes in legislative committee hearings, their efforts were defeated. The current bill, if passed, would allow the holders of copyright to exert inappropriate control through the use of digital locks.

“I urge Conservative Members of Parliament to give my amendments serious consideration. The current draft allows digital locks to trump all other considerations,” said Ms. May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, “my amendments introduce the proper balance that the Minister of Heritage says he is pursuing.”

The Green Party amendments also add an amendment to allow greater clarity for the proposed inclusion of “education” in the Copyright Act’s fair dealing provisions.