google20000 writes: Canada last overhauled its copyright law in 2012, bringing to a
conclusion more than a decade of failed bills and lobbying pressure.
The public debate over the Copyright Modernization Act was often
framed by disputed claims that Canada was weak on piracy, with
critics arguing that updated laws were needed to crack down on
copyright infringement. As the government prepares to conduct a
statutorily-mandated review of the law later this year, the
landscape has shifted dramatically with court cases and industry
data confirming that Canada is now home
to some of the toughest anti-piracy rules in the world.
google20000 writes: Michael Geist reports
that a Canadian court has awarded massive damages in the first major
Canadian digital lock copyright ruling involving circumvention
of technological protection measures. The ruling, which is the
first to conduct an extensive examination of the anti-circumvention
rules established in 2012, adopts expansive interpretations to the
digital lock protections and narrow views of the exceptions. The
case launched by Nintendo confirms that Canada has tough anti-piracy
laws with one of the most aggressive digital lock laws in the world
and will fuel calls to re-examine the effectiveness of the
anti-circumvention exceptions in the 2017 copyright review.