The US Congress ruffled many feathers when it considered passing the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which would have restricted access to websites hosting or facilitating copyright infringing content. The debate saw fiery opinions on both sides, which resulted in the bill being curtailed, at least for the time being.
Canadians have been comparatively quiet about the copyright issue, although politicos continue to discuss it in the form of the Copyright Modernization Act, a.k.a. Bill-C11. With numerous comparisons being made to similar legislation in this country, what should entrepreneurs and startups consider if a SOPA-style law comes to Canada?
Like SOPA, Bill C-11 would target websites that contain copyright-infringing content in addition to websites that ‘enable’ acts of infringement. In doing so, it would allot more rights to owners and creators of content by providing greater protection against piracy. On the flip side, it could very well restrict consumer access to content and impinge on businesses whose services depend on consumer-generated content.
With Bill C-11 in the hot seat, here are some things to consider:
While the fire has fizzled down south, things continue to sizzle on the home front — stay tuned.
For more information on Bill-C11, have a look at this parliamentary webpage.