It’s now evident that Bill C-60, the package of copyright amendments introduced in the House of Commons in June 2005, will not become law in 2005.
The government had intended to fast-track this bill with the intention of getting it passed before calling a federal election.
Now, however, the government has announced it will await delivery of further studies on several contentious issues before taking C-60 to the committee stage. This decision makes it unlikely that the bill will proceed through all the legislative stages and become law before the election is called.
Committee hearings on the bill are still expected. Creator organizations will still be able to present briefs on C-60. Just don’t expect them to lead to new law soon.