If you think the current Voltage Pictures vs. Teksavvy thing is big, Harper's likely to invoke the 'notwithstanding clause' --- notwithstanding Canadian law, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement will put you in jail.Trans-Pacific Partnership: Chief Canadian Negotiator Refuses To Say If Canada Will Uphold Copyright Laws
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Anderson says he asked Hillman during a stakeholders question-and-answer session in New Zealand last week if she would commit to not overwriting copyright laws as part of the TPP agreement.
She just sat there without reply, Anderson told The Huffington Post Canada during an online chat. The audience of mostly lobbyists, and TPP bureaucrats erupted with laughter.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade would not comment on the incident directly, but wrote in an email to HuffPost that it is committed to developing a truly gold standard TPP agreement, reflecting a balanced outcome that is in the best interests of Canadians.
Our Government has consistently demonstrated its commitment to ensuring a strong intellectual property rights regime. We have ... completed the enactment of Bill C-11, the Copyright Modernization Act that will allow all Canadians to take full advantage of digital technologies, spokesperson Caitlin Workman wrote.
Bill C-11, which became law this fall, limits the amount that file-sharers can be sued for, to $5,000, if the file-sharing was not for commercial purposes. It also limits the liability of internet providers in the case of copyright infringement, and puts in place a notice-and-notice system for repeated file-sharers.
Critics say all of these provisions could be overwritten by the TPP.
TPP negotiations are being held in secret and draft texts are not being made public, but a copy leaked last year showed the deal would significantly expand the amount of time works would be under copyright, and would require countries to adopt criminal sanctions for non-commercial infringement of copyright, such as file-sharing
I wonder what the burden of proof will be.....some copyright troll using bogus software & methodology saying that they saw your ever-changing IP address someplace???