US embassy cable - 06OTTAWA3620

CANADA COPYRIGHT BILL MONTHS AWAY FROM INTRODUCTION IN PARLIAMENT

Identifier: 06OTTAWA3620
Wikileaks: View 06OTTAWA3620 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Ottawa
Created: 2006-12-20 18:01:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: CA ECON ETRD KIPR
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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PASS TO USTR FOR MELLE, SULLIVAN, GARDE 
PASS PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE HESS AND CHAITOVITZ 
STATE FOR EB/TPP/IPE (BOGER); WHA/CAN (SOILA) 
USDOC FOR ITA/MAC/WHA/ARUDMAN 
USDOC FOR CATHERINE PETERS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/19/2016 
TAGS: CA, ECON, ETRD, KIPR 
SUBJECT: CANADA COPYRIGHT BILL MONTHS AWAY FROM 
INTRODUCTION IN PARLIAMENT 
 
REF: A. OTTAWA 3604 
 
     B. OTTAWA 3179 
 
Classified By: Ambassador David Wilkins.  Reason 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
1. (c) Summary:  In a December 19 meeting with the 
Ambassador, Minister of Industry Maxime Bernier stated that 
he hopes to present copyright legislation for Cabinet 
approval by the end of February 2007.  Bernier said he had 
tried and failed to introduce a copyright bill before the 
Christmas recess - and that he is still working with 
stakeholders and Minister of Canadian Heritage Beverley Oda 
to draft a "balanced" bill.  Bernier also stated that the 
final copyright legislation "would be in line" with USG 
priorities, but was not more specific.  The Ambassador 
reiterated that effective IPR protection is the USG's top 
economic priority in Canada now that the softwood lumber 
dispute has been resolved.  He urged Bernier to introduce the 
copyright bill early in the new year, well ahead of any 
potential Parliamentary elections.  End Summary 
 
2. (c) The Ambassador reminded Industry Minister Bernier of 
the Canadian government's original aim to introduce copyright 
legislation in the fall of 2006.  While seconding EMIN's 
praise for Canada's approval of pharmaceutical data 
protection regulations (ref b), the Ambassador also noted a 
prevailing view in the United States that Canada's IPR regime 
is not up to international standards and falls short in 
several areas.  Bernier stated that he is committed to 
meeting Canada's international obligations to ratify and 
implement the WIPO Internet treaties, and said he welcomed 
USG interest in the legislation.  Bernier made it clear, 
however, that he wants to table a bill that Parliament will 
pass, and that he had opened discussions with the opposition 
Bloc Quebocois, NDP, and Liberal Party, on the subject. 
 
3. (c) Bernier promised to keep the Ambassador informed on 
the copyright bill's progress, and indicated that USG 
officials might see the legislation after it is approved by 
Cabinet, but before it is introduced in Parliament.  While 
declining to discuss specifics, Bernier said the bill will 
look to balance the views of creators and artists against 
"the other side."  He encouraged the Ambassador to speak 
publicly about the importance of IPR to the United States, 
saying such efforts would improve the chances of Cabinet and 
Parliament approving a good copyright bill. 
 
4. (c) Comment:  The delay in readying copyright legislation 
suggests Canadian officials are having difficulty dealing 
with contentious issues (e.g., internet service provider 
liability; circumvention devices) that were inadequately 
addressed in bill C-60 under the previous government. 
Despite Bernier's best efforts to move his legislation along, 
a copyright bill could again die before passage if expected 
spring elections are called. 
 
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WILKINS 

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