Copyright law could result in ‘police state,’ critic warns

From CBC News | June 12, 2008

The federal government has introduced a controversial bill it says balances the rights of copyright holders and consumers – but it opens millions of Canadians to huge lawsuits, prompting one critic to warn it will create a “police state.”

“We are confident we have developed the proper framework at this point in time,” Minister of Industry Jim Prentice told a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday. “This bill reflects a win-win approach.”

Update from Michael Geist’s blog:
Bill C-61 was just tabled by Industry Minister Jim Prentice on the floor of the House of Commons (at 11:25 am). The government plans for second reading at the next sitting of the house, effectively removing the ability to send it to committee after first reading (and therefore be more open to change).