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With the Royal Assent of Bill C-11 on June 29, and the expected proclamation of most of its provisions, Canada joins a list of countries that recognize the importance and challenges of protecting copyright in the digital age. As digital technology has dramatically transformed the use and transmission of intellectual property through new and ever-changing technological means, revisions to Canadian copyright law were imperative, yet long overdue. The bill, with the short title Copyright Modernization Act (CMA), was the third attempt to modernize Canada’s Copyright Act, after two failed attempts in 2005 and 2008.

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