Bill C-272

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Second Session, Forty-third Parliament,
69-70 Elizabeth II, 2020-2021
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
BILL C-272
An Act to amend the Copyright Act (diagnosis, maintenance or repair)
FIRST READING, February 22, 2021
Mr. May
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SUMMARY

This enactment amends the Copyright Act in order to allow the circumvention of a technological protection measure in a computer program if the circumvention is solely for the purpose of diagnosis, maintenance or repair of a product in which the program is embedded. It also allows the manufacture, importation, distribution, sale, renting and provision of technologies, devices or components used for diagnosis, maintenance or repair of such products.
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2nd Session, 43rd Parliament,
69-70 Elizabeth II, 2020-2021
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
BILL C-272
An Act to amend the Copyright Act (diagnosis, maintenance or repair)
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
R.‍S.‍, c. C-42

Copyright Act

1(1)Paragraph (a) of the definition circumvent in section 41 of the Copyright Act is replaced by the following:
(a)in respect of a technological protection measure within the meaning of paragraph (a) of the definition technological protection measure, to descramble a scrambled work or computer program, or decrypt an encrypted work or computer program or to otherwise avoid, bypass, remove, deactivate or impair the technological protection measure, unless it is done with the authority of the copyright owner; and
(2)Paragraph (a) of the definition technological protection measure in section 41 of the Act is replaced by the following:
(a)controls access to a work, including a computer program, to a performer’s performance fixed in a sound recording or to a sound recording and whose use is authorized by the copyright owner;
2The Act is amended by adding the following after section 41.‍12:
Embedded computer programs
41.‍121(1)Paragraph 41.‍1(1)‍(a) does not apply to a person who circumvents a technological protection measure that controls access to a computer program if the person does so for the sole purpose of diagnosing, maintaining or repairing a product in which the computer program is embedded.
Technology, device or component
(2)Paragraph 41.‍1(1)‍(c) does not apply to a person who manufactures, imports or provides a technology, device or component for the purposes of circumventing a technological protection measure that controls access to a computer program if the person does so for the purpose of diagnosing, maintaining or repairing a product in which the program is embedded and
(a)uses that technology, device or component only for that purpose; or
(b)provides that technology, device or component to another person solely for that purpose.