Copyright bill faces obstacles

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From Wednesday's Globe and Mail

June 4, 2008 at 4:00 AM EDT

TORONTO and OTTAWA — The federal government is on the verge of tabling new copyright legislation, but already sources in Ottawa say there is little chance the proposed changes will be passed under a minority government.

Industry Minister Jim Prentice told reporters yesterday that he will not table the legislation until he is satisfied it contains "the appropriate balance." Meanwhile, Ottawa insiders were told yesterday the legislation will not be tabled until next week.

With Parliament set to break soon for summer, however, two sources close to the matter indicated the legislation is expected to be left to die by the minority Conservative government, rather than attempting to implement any controversial rules or penalties for illegal downloading.. . .

. . .Reports suggest that the updated Canadian legislation, which Ottawa insiders say is likely to surface either Tuesday or Wednesday next week, could lead to consumers facing fines of as much as $500 for every illegal file they download from the Internet. It could also make it illegal to unlock cellphones, transfer music from CDs to digital music players such as iPods, or copy time shifted television programs.

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