Final copyright consultation numbers: No repeat of Bill C-61

Geist-45X64.jpgPosted by Michael Geist
The copyright consultation concluded last fall and it seems worth reminding Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore and Industry Minister Tony Clement what Canadians had to say when they asked for their opinion on copyright reform. It has taken some time to calculate the final numbers as the government conducted a review to ensure that all were properly posted. There were ultimately more than 8,300 submissions - more than any government consultation in recent memory - with the overwhelming majority rejecting Bill C-61 (6138 submissions against, 54 in support), while thousands called for flexible fair dealing and a link between copyright infringement and anti-circumvention rules.
Submissions against another Bill C-61 6138
Submissions in favour of shorter Copyright terms or against extending Copyright terms 5520
Submissions against anti-circumvention or in favour of limiting DRM/Digital locks 6641
Submissions in favour of stronger personal use/copying and backup protections including format shifting and time shifting rights 6242
Submissions in favour of an “open copyright” system 16
Submissions advocating abolishing or reforming Crown Copyright 209
Submissions opposed to adopting an American-styled DMCA 262
Submissions in favour of stronger fair use/fair dealing protections 5962
Submissions opposed to implementing WIPO 19
Submissions in favour of eliminating all copyright 14
Submissions against a three-strikes rule 170
Submissions that favour a “notice and notice” approach 6027
Submissions in favour of instituting a levy for file-sharing/monetizing P2P 104
Submissions in favour of greater exemptions for education/research 74
Submissions in favour of establish a good-faith defence that the user believed their use of a work was fair and non-infringing 5958
Submissions in favour of laws that are technologically neutral 5617
Submissions that argue individuals should be protected from liability as long as their use was private and non-commercial 5987
Submissions in favour of a parody/satire exemption 80
Submissions in favour of ISP neutrality 76
Submissions satisfied with current laws 29
Submissions calling for a stronger/updated public domain 133
Submissions against media levies 45
Submissions that favour low caps on statutory damages for non-commercial infringement 47
Submissions in favour of digital access to archival holdings 29
Submissions concerned about maintaining privacy 23
Submissions in favour of stronger penalties for copyright infringement 11
Submissions in favour of turning copyright into a crime 5
Submissions arguing for more protections/reforms for photographers 21
Submissions against works being available in digital or other forms for free and that argue creators need to be fairly compensated 256
Submissions arguing for stronger protection for writers and other artists 79
Submissions opposed to creating new/expanding exceptions 108
Submissions opposed to an expansion of fair dealing 107
Submissions in favour of notice and takedown 24
Submissions in favour of implementing WIPO 187
Submissions promoting a collective licensing scheme 97
Submissions in favour of high statutory fines 9
Submissions promoting longer copyright terms/opposed to shortening copyright terms 5
Submissions in favour of fining those who violate copyright laws 1
Submissions in favour of limiting/halting unauthorized file sharing 153
Submissions endorsing Bill C-61 54
Submissions proposing the expansion of the private copying levy 73
Submissions supporting anti-circumvention measures 46
Submissions proposing a re-sale right 25
Submissions calling for broader Moral Rights protections 24
Submissions calling for ISPs to play a bigger gatekeeping role in stopping online piracy 19
Submissions proposing a graduated response penalty system 5
Total Submissions 8306

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