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Copyright Information: The Copyright Modernization Act & Bill C-11

What is Copyright Bill C-11?

Bill C-11 (the Copyright Modernization Act) was an Act to amend the Canadian Copyright Act. Bill C-11 was passed by the 41st Parliament and received Royal Assent on June 29, 2012. The majority of the bill went into effect on November 7, 2012. 


Why is it such a big deal?

The bill made several important changes to the Copyright Act. It added education, parody and satire to the list of circumstances where the fair dealing exception could apply. It expanded the uses educational institutions and consumers could make of copyrighted material. It also added prohibitions on the circumvention of "technological protection measures", limiting the uses that may be made of works stored on DVDs and certain other formats which are designed to prevent copying. 


Where can I find it?

You can find it here.


When will it change next?

The Canadian Copyright Act is scheduled for review in 2017 (every 5 years) and the current review is already underway.


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