Timeline: Playing catch-up on copyright

Canada's intellectual property regime held for most of a century, but in the Internet age the government is having trouble keeping pace.

See also: ” Digital copyright: Nation of pirates

1924: Canadian Copyright Act comes into force.

1997: A year after the World Intellectual Property Organization’s copyright treaty is settled, Canada signs on.

1998: Bill C-32 creates Canada’s private copying regime, which pays creators for copies made of their work. It comes into play a year before Napster is born.

2004: CRIA commences action against 29 individuals for online file sharing, but a judge rules it is not infringement. Prime Minister Paul Martin shows up at the Juno Awards and promises to crack down on downloaders.

2005: The bill to address WIPO and amend the Copyright Act dies on the order paper when an election is called.

2007: Bill C-61 is to be introduced by the Conservative government but meets with a groundswell of opposition over lack of consultation.

2009: The Conservative government takes to the road for a series of consultations on copyright, meeting with Canadians and interest groups from across the country.

2010: The Conservative government promises to ‘modernize Canada’s copyright laws and ensure stronger protection for intellectual property.’