Apparently, Bill C-8 is going to “clause by clause” as early as next Monday, December 2, 2013 without hearing from some potentially helpful witnesses, including me. The Committee has heard from a number of lobbyists and had some very general comments from a couple of law professors. The Committee and the Government apparently believe that ratcheting up IP laws to deal with “counterfeiting” will save the world from dangerous fake products and will promote innovation. Nobody supports counterfeiting or piracy, but hasty overreaction in the form of complex and compendious changes to longstanding well working laws won’t necessarily help. Indeed, such rushed changes – when there is no emergency – could cause a lot of harm, except perhaps to the interests of litigation lawyers who will have to clean up the predictable messes.