Bill C-32

The Copyright Amendment Bill of 1996, introduced into the Canadian House of Commons on 25 April 1996. The bill increases the rights of record companies and performers, gives Canadian book distributors the right to stop unauthorized imports or distribution, and provides some exemptions for libraries, archives, museums, and people with disabilities. References are to Bill C-32 as it stood at its second reading stage in June 1996. The bill was referred to a parliamentary committee to hold hearings and, at press time, was likely to be presented with a number of amendments for third reading. It is projected to be passed by 1997.

The Copyright Modernization Bill of 2010, which proposed to amend Canadian copyright law and which received its first reading in the House of Commons on 2 June  2010. It aimed to update copyright law for the age of digital technologies and allow ratification of the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty of 1996. It is debatable whether the bill's overall recalibration of the balance of rights between copyright owners and users is fair or not. The bill died in March 2011 with the fall of the Harper government.