Bill C-11

Copyright Modernization Act

An Act to amend the Copyright Act

This bill was tabled by Christian Paradis on Sept. 30, 2011.


How does a bill become a law?

Don’t trust Schoolhouse Rock – that’s for Americans. To become a law, a bill in the Canada’s Parliament needs to go through the following steps, and pass when voted on during each step:

  • It all starts with the first reading, when the bill is introduced.
  • Next comes the second reading, when other MPs or Senators get to debate the bill.
  • After that, the bill goes to a committee that studies and amends it line-by-line. Once they finish, the bill goes returns to the House or Senate for the report stage, where anyone can propose amendments.
  • The third reading is the moment of truth: no more changes, just a debate and a final vote on whether or not the bill should pass.
  • If a bill makes it through all of those steps – in both the House of Commons and Senate – it’s ready to get Royal Assent and become a law.

Status of this Bill

Royal Assent

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  • Photo of Scott Simms
    Scott Simms spoke about Government Orders > Canadian Museum of History Act > Report Stage

    Mr. Speaker, the member mentioned something about only a very small portion of the amendments dealing with the name change. In our case actually that represented less than 20% of the amendments that we put forward. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
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    Hélène LeBlanc spoke about Government Orders > Combating Counterfeit Products Act

    Mr. Speaker, as I was saying earlier, the clock is ticking, and while this government is unravelling, mired in scandal, we have before us a bill introduced by the Minister of Industry. It is a great honour for me to speak this evening as the official opposition industry critic. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
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    Scott Simms spoke

    This is one of the first amendments I wanted to bring here. The inspiration came from Bill C-11, which was to set up a study every five years of Bill C-11. This one proposes every three years. I'd be open to five years, but what have you, I think three years is a pretty good period of time. ... more

    June 10, 2013,   Parliament
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    Scott Simms spoke

    But in other cases, you have put a review board in, such as for Bill C-11.

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
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    Scott Simms spoke

    You did it for the Copyright Act. Why did you do it for Bill C-11, the Copyright Act? You have a review built in....

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
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    Gerald Keddy spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chairman. ... more

    June 3, 2013,   Parliament
  • Dr. Michael Geist spoke

    Sure. ... more

    June 3, 2013,   Parliament
  • Dr. Michael Geist (Canada Research Chair, Internet and E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa, As an Individual) spoke

    Thank you very much. Good afternoon. ... more

    June 3, 2013,   Parliament
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    Elizabeth May spoke about Routine Proceedings > Points of Order > Standing Committee on Finance

    Mr. Speaker, I am grateful to the hon. House Leader of the Official Oppositionfor raising this point of order yesterday, objecting to the unusual procedures that were accepted within the Standing Committee on Finance, in relation to the clause-by-clause treatment of Bill C-60, the 2013 omnibus budget bill. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Christian Paradis

    Thank you, Chair. ... more

    May 2, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre Nantel

    Clearly, you are very adamant in saying that this organization has done nothing over the past few years, and I think that's really too bad. To my knowledge, the organization has produced documents that objected to several aspects of Bill C-11 and voiced the opinion of 80 organizations from across the country, including 50 organizations from Quebec—or actually almost 30. However, we are not here to talk about that. We are here to talk about the figures. ... more

    March 20, 2013,   Parliament
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    Christian Paradis spoke about Oral Questions > Consumer Protection

    Mr. Speaker, I find it rich that the member for York South—Weston now pretends to stand with cellphone users after voting against cellphone unlocking by voting against Bill C-11. Our government has taken concrete actions to build a strong and competitive telecommunications sector. Once again, I would like to highlight the industry's effort to address the serious issue of cellphone theft. We will continue to work with industry to protect Canadian consumers and deliver more choice through greater competition.

    March 6, 2013,   Parliament
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    Rick Dykstra spoke about Government Orders > Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act

    Mr. Speaker, the only disappointment I have today is that I only have 18 minutes instead of the 30 that would be allocated. I am starting out a little disappointed, but nonetheless the clock is the clock. At 5:15, the bells are going to ring. We are going to come back in the House to vote, and we are going to vote on the very bill we are speaking to this evening. Bill C-43, the faster removal of foreign criminals bill, is going to pass because every person on this side of the House is going to support this piece of legislation. We are going to carry it over at third reading and send it to the Senate. ... more

    Feb. 6, 2013,   Parliament
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    Geoff Regan spoke

    Oh, boy. Well, that's scary. That's very worrisome. We're talking about fires in people's homes. ... more

    Oct. 30, 2012,   Parliament
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    Obviously, it costs thousands of jobs when people are stealing content. ... more

    Oct. 25, 2012,   Parliament
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    Maybe I could just ask a question of anyone who is here to answer. I think you know the entertainment software industry, your association, has voiced support for Bill C-11, the copyright modernization act. Is this piece of legislation supported by your companies, and how would it help your companies or your industry as a whole? ... more

    Oct. 25, 2012,   Parliament
  • Mr. Jason Kee spoke

    Thanks. The industry employs almost 16,000 people in a variety of highly skilled and high-paying jobs at nearly 350 companies across the country. Entry-level workers in the industry earn almost twice as much as the average recent college graduate. The average salary across all Canadian provinces is just under $75,000 per year, which is twice the Canadian median. The industry directly contributes $1.7 billion to the Canadian economy and billions more indirectly. Furthermore, game companies drive research and innovation, with 55% of all game companies developing proprietary technology and devoting 25% or more of their overall production budgets to research and development. ... more

    Oct. 18, 2012,   Parliament
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    Andrew Cash spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is an honour for me to rise this evening and speak to this bill, but I have to say that I am really getting tired. It has nothing to do with the hour of the evening, but rather listening to the lobotomized government on the other side talking to us about process. ... more

    June 20, 2012,   Parliament
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    Andrew Scheer spoke about Government Orders > Copyright Modernization Act

    The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at the third reading stage of Bill C-11.

    June 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Copyright Modernization Act

    The House resumed from June 15 consideration of the motion that Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Copyright Act, be read the third time and passed.

    June 19, 2012,   Parliament
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    Gordon O'Connor spoke about Government Orders > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, there have been discussions among the parties for the following motion. I move: ... more

    June 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 446
    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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    June 18, 2012
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    Scott Armstrong spoke about Government Orders > Copyright Modernization Act

    Madam Speaker, if there is time left, I will split my time with the hon. member for Brampton—Springdale. ... more

    June 15, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of David McGuinty
    David McGuinty spoke about Government Orders > Copyright Modernization Act

    Madam Speaker, good morning, after a marathon of debate and voting in the last 30 hours. ... more

    June 15, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rodger Cuzner
    Rodger Cuzner spoke about Government Orders > Copyright Modernization Act

    Madam Speaker, I am pleased that my colleague and friend from Halifax West asked me to stand and speak. He serves as the industry critic and is certainly much more involved in this topic and piece of legislation than I am. But I have been able to form an opinion after following the debate, after having an opportunity to speak with a number of persons whose lives and livelihoods are impacted by the passing of this legislation, and after having read some of the testimony given in committee hearings. I am very comfortable with my party's position on this particular piece of legislation. ... more

    June 15, 2012,   Parliament
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