Industry Minister Tony Clement has launched a national digital economy strategy consultation. There is a consultation paper, online forum, and roundtables planned. The deadline for comments is July 9, 2010. Copyright merits a specific section on the consultation website, with a reference to the 2009 consultation. The consultation document includes a several paragraphs on copyright, with a heavy emphasis on compensation for creators. It is the 2009 copyright consultation, however, that may leave some skeptical. As Rob Hyndman quickly tweeted "I wonder if the Tories will pay as much attention to the digital economy consultation as they did to the copyright consultation." I suspect many would-be participants are wondering the same thing. I'll post much more on the consultation in the days ahead.
Michael Geist is a law professor and the Canada Research Chair in Internet and e-commerce law at the University of Ottawa.