Mr. Todd quotes two of Canada's best known copyright lawyers, who are or have recently been actively registered lobbyists for major US entertainment industry interests, namely Glen Bloom and Barry Sookman, who have come out criticizing the consultations as unnecessary. They are urging the government to get on with:
- WIPO ratification (HK suggested translation = DMCA),
- ISP liability (HK suggested translation = notice and takedown),
- "re-calibrate the balance of copyright, so that rights holders can develop economic models that create businesses out of cultural products" (HK suggested translation = maxed out DRM +TPM and anti-circumvention),
- deal with "a significant amount of unauthorized file sharing, and we need to modernize our laws to help re-calibrate the balance of copyright" (HK suggested translation = three strikes and/or law suits against individuals).
In contrast, and with a breath of fresh air, Colleen Spring Zimmerman, who has not been a registered lobbyist, calls for a look at the Copyright Board. She:
- "suggests the government’s top priorities should including tinkering with the Copyright Board of Canada, which plays a key role in setting tariffs, for example. She says the jurisdiction of the board should be reconsidered, while a broader “revamping” should also be investigated."