US record labels trying to sneak SOPA's provisions into Canada's pending copyright legislation

Michael Geist sez,

The Internet battle against SOPA and PIPA generated huge interest in Canada with many Canadians turning their sites dark (including Blogging Tories, Project Gutenberg Canada, and CIPPIC) in support of the protest. While SOPA may be dead (for now) in the U.S., lobby groups are likely to intensify their efforts to export SOPA-like rules to other countries. With Bill C-11 back on the legislative agenda at the end of the month, Canada will be a prime target for SOPA style rules.

In fact, a close review of the unpublished submissions to the Bill C-32 legislative committee reveals that several groups have laid the groundwork to add SOPA-like rules into Bill C-11, including blocking websites and expanding the "enabler provision"to target a wider range of websites. Given the reaction to SOPA in the U.S., where millions contacted their elected representatives to object to rules that threatened their Internet and digital rights, the political risks inherent in embracing SOPA-like rules are significant.

The music industry is unsurprisingly leading the way, demanding a series of changes that would make Bill C-11 look much more like SOPA. For example, the industry wants language to similar to that found in SOPA on blocking access to websites, demanding new provisions that would "permit a court to make an order blocking a pirate site such as The Pirate Bay to protect the Canadian marketplace from foreign pirate sites."

The Behind-the-Scenes Campaign To Bring SOPA To Canada


  1. I’d like to see them try. It’s not as hard to get Canadian politicians to turn their back on unpopular legislation, even when an election isn’t near. I think it’s time to start mounting more serious opposition to C-11.

  2. The time-honored technique is to venue-shop for countries you can manage to get to pass laws to your liking, and then you can go back to the less-favorable countries and insist that they change their laws too in the name of “global harmonization”.

      1. No, I realize that. I found it interesting that conservatives would take part in this. Canadian conservatives tend to be pro-big business over other concerns.

  3. So, lets say that this law does get passed. Would it be constitutional? I don’t see how it could, but I’m not a lawyer, just a guy who knows his Charter rights.

  4. This is very concerning since our conservative majority ruling party has pretty much absolute power to do what-ever they want. They’ve demonstrated this (bill C-10) and the opposition (bless their young orange hearts) is a bit rudderless and very inexperienced. Even our sober second thought department of the Senate is stacked.

    The “Harper Government” will keep their promises and stay the course, and one of these promises is to “modernize” copyright laws.  What’s worse is we’re very protective of our culture and our entertainment exports. It’s 11 odd billion dollar industry and has a great deal of pull, and we’ve already signed ACTA.

    Luckily we don’t control the DNS servers…cold comfort…

    1. I don’t think the opposition / NDP are to blame for the way the broken “democracy” works. If there was a minority government in play, I think you’d see their teeth a bit more.

  5. And this is why supernational corporations are going to send the world back to the proverbial dark ages. Sure the industry and such will be there, but the social system will be closer to the aristocracies of old than the democracies of today. Basically the issue is that they can move about as they see fit, and play nations against one another via their ability to move money and work across borders as they see fit. Sadly the politicians is either on the take or worry about what will happen if they try to brinkmanship the corporations.

  6. More than likely, the Conservatives want to protect their own agenda. Clearly, the completely unenforcable digital lock rules come from the states and are being brought in as a simple (although ineffective) way of dealing with these issues while keeping Canada in the international Copyright loop. Really, if anything the Conservatives didn’t give the content industry very much at all.

    The Conservatives have made their agenda very clear. They have their own plan and they are not on anybody’s side but their own.

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