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Canadian Government Updating Copyright Laws

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Canadian government plans to update its copyright legislation later this year with a proposed bill that would implement many of the provisions of the 1996 World Intellectual Property Treaties. The bill would help cover musicians, authors and photographers with more protection in this increasingly digital age.

The legislation had originally been signed in 1997, but never ratified.

Artists would retain the rights to control the dissemination of works on the Internet, affecting file sharing as well.

Recording artists would be allowed to retain their rights for fifty years after the recording was first published. If an infringing work was found on an ISP’s webspace, that ISP would not be liable, but could forward a note of infringement on to the user. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers