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Canada Joins the Two WIPO Internet Treaties

Two New Copyright Treaties

On December 20, 1996, negotiators from 160 countries reached agreement on two new copyright treaties: the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT). These treaties deal with copyright needs in the digital era and changing international copyright norms in light of new technologies. See WIPO.

WIPO Treaties Enter into Force in Canada in August 2014

At the time of writing Canadian Copyright Law, Fourth Edition, Canada had not yet ratified these treaties. See page 64 of Canadian Copyright Law; you can now update this information. On May 13, 2014, the Government of Canada deposited its instrument of ratification of the WCT and the WPPT. Each treaty will enter into force, with respect to Canada, on August 13, 2014.