See also: ” Digital copyright: Nation of pirates“
1924: Canadian Copyright Act comes into force.
1997: A year after the World Intellectual Property Organization’s copyright treaty is settled, Canada signs on.
1998: Bill C-32 creates Canada’s private copying regime, which pays creators for copies made of their work. It comes into play a year before Napster is born.
2004: CRIA commences action against 29 individuals for online file sharing, but a judge rules it is not infringement. Prime Minister Paul Martin shows up at the Juno Awards and promises to crack down on downloaders.
2005: The bill to address WIPO and amend the Copyright Act dies on the order paper when an election is called.
2007: Bill C-61 is to be introduced by the Conservative government but meets with a groundswell of opposition over lack of consultation.
2009: The Conservative government takes to the road for a series of consultations on copyright, meeting with Canadians and interest groups from across the country.
2010: The Conservative government promises to ‘modernize Canada’s copyright laws and ensure stronger protection for intellectual property.’