May makes last-ditch effort to change copyright bill

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iPolitics
Author: 
Colin Horgan

Elizabeth May hopes to change the government’s copyright legislation as it hits report stage in the House Monday. The Green Party leader has proposed 19 amendments to Bill C-11 in the hopes the government will change its course, specifically on its planned digital lock provisions and fair dealing.

The digital lock elements of C-11 are “excessive” and “too restrictive,” May told iPolitics. They are beyond what’s required in the World Intellectual Property Organization regulations, which are generally broad when it comes to digital locks, she said.

May wants the government to consider changing its bill to allow the Copyright Board to create a system to allow for exceptions on digital locks and taking out the provision that will require students to destroy their course material within 30 days of the end of the class.

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