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Consultation on a Modern Copyright Framework for Online Intermediaries


The dissemination and use of copyright-protected content on the Internet has expanded in recent years. Online intermediaries – the entities that facilitate access to such content – have also proliferated and diversified. In some cases, they now play more active roles in user activities involving copyright-protected content. These developments have increasingly brought into focus the liability and obligations of online intermediaries, which is an evolving area of law around the world. In Canada, questions have emerged regarding the extent to which the copyright framework for online intermediaries still achieves its underlying objectives, including protecting and encouraging the use of copyright-protected content online, safeguarding individual rights and freedoms in an open Internet and facilitating a flourishing digital market.


The goal of this consultation is to help the Government ensure that Canada's copyright framework for online intermediaries reflects this evolving digital world. The Government welcomes all comments providing additional perspectives or evidence concerning these issues and potential options.

How to Participate

The paper for the consultation on a Modern Copyright Framework for Online Intermediaries is available online in both HTML and PDF format. Comments may be e-mailed to until May 31, 2021. Comments received will be made available following the consultation period and will help inform the Government's policy development process. In order for the Government to make accessible versions of submissions available following the consultation period, participants are requested to submit their comments in formats easily convertible to HTML (e.g., e-mails or Word documents) with descriptive text for any tables or graphics. Guidance for preparing descriptive text may be found in the Government's Content Style Guide.

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