Now that the law really is going to take effect, Canadians can rejoice in the fact they can now legally copy their music from a CD they purchased to a digital device like a smartphone. Also, fair dealing exemptions have been extended to specifically protect parody, satire, and education as categories. Where copyright is deemed to have been violated, the offender will only have to pay a fine of $5,000 maximum so long as the case is non-commercial.
That last provision is important, as it protects Canadians against some of the more aggressive lawsuits seen in the U.S. where some music downloaders were fined enormous amounts. Possibly the most famous case being a Minnesota woman ordered to pay $1.92 million for downloading 24 songs from Kazaa in 2007.
The law will also see the contentious digital locks protections go into effect. This makes it illegal for consumers to bypass a digital protection placed on a storage medium by the manufacturer. So if a DVD movie has a lock on it preventing a copy being made, consumers are not allowed to use software that would disable that lock.