Published: July 28th, 2008

Industry Minister Jim Prentice tabled Bill C-61, an Act to Amend the Copyright Act, in June.

If passed into law, Bill C-61 would make it illegal to circumvent or bypass technologies that control access to material protected by copyright. It would also make it illegal to provide, market or import tools designed to enable circumvention.

Therefore, we have posted a petition on the right side of this page asking the government to prohibit the circumvention of technological measures only in cases where the party is circumventing them for the purpose of copyright infringement.

If you sign the petition, you are asking for an amendment to Bill C-61 that would change section 41.1 of Bill C-61 to read: “No person shall circumvent a technological measure within the meaning of paragraph (a) of the definition “technological measure” in section 41 for the purpose of violating the rights of a copyright owner …” and to remove sections 41.1 through 41.21.

As it stands, Bill C-61 would make circumvention illegal, regardless of whether you are actually doing this to violate copyrights – except in very specific circumstances.

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