The Copyright Modernization Act has been created by the Government of Canada in its uniquely Canadian approach to combat IP piracy and copyright infringement in order to assist rights holders by creating newly newly legislated tools. The Act also brings the antiquated Copyright Act into the digital age and more closely aligned with our contemporaries and to ratify WIPO Treaties which Canada desired to become party to.
Canada has not updated its copyright legislation for many years; the previous Copyright Act did not represent current trends, commerce, or the digital world and is one of the many issues Canada continuously fails at protecting the resources of its domestic and foreign partners. This in itself has caused Canada to remain in the lowest ranks of the traditionally non-secure states including Vietnam, China, Russia, Poland, Italy, and Spain. While the Copyright Modernization Act is a small step forward, costing many millions of dollars to do so, and incurring several years time to do come this far, Canada’s approach to education on IPR issues, security of our offshore partner IP assets, and general protection of digital works continues to have a long road to travel.
If you are a Canadian resident and you use the Internet for any purposes we recommend that you review the Copyright Modernization Act. This is the best means to educate yourself on downloading, uploading, m posting, sharing content that you do not own, license, or have authorization to otherwise convert the property of another.