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Posted by Michael Geist

Rumours indicate that the government has again decided to delay introducing the Canadian DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act). With the House of Commons off [this] week and the budget coming [next], if this is true it would appear that there will be no copyright legislation for at least another month (assuming there is no election). It is impossible to pinpoint any one reason for the delay -- the public outcry through Facebook, the treaty issue, the opposition from education, the impact of copyright on some MPs electoral chances, the privacy concerns, the outcry from artists groups, the op-eds, and the creation of a powerful business coalition calling for balanced copyright may have all played a role. The key question is now is whether the government accepts that it is not the communication strategy that needs fixing, but rather it is the bill itself. Click here to read more of Michael's blog.

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