I do have a long list of the many things we did hear from stakeholders that were addressed in the bill. I'm having difficulty finding that in my notes right now, for some reason. I apologize for that.
Here it is. The first thing is that we did hold consultations, as you said, and we heard from a very large number of Canadians. All of that material and all the input we received, including in the town hall meetings and the round table meetings the ministers held across the country, is all still available on our website.
Because of the time, I'll touch on some of the key things we heard during the consultation.
The first was that Canadians told us they wanted a technology-neutral framework that would stand the test of time. This bill, as you've heard, does include many provisions that are designed to be technology neutral and reflect the reality of an ever-evolving media and technology landscape.
Canadians also said they didn't think it was fair that they, as individuals, could potentially face huge penalties for copyright infringement, so the bill creates two categories of behaviour to which statutory damages—it's a special tool in the act that you'll hear a lot about—distinguish between the commercial and non-commercial. For non-commercial infringement, the penalties that are in the Copyright Act are significantly reduced.
Copyright owners told us they needed some new rights and protections to sustain online business models and bring us into line with our international obligations. As you've heard, the bill implements the rights and protections of the WIPO treaties, for that very reason.
Copyright owners told us that their online and digital models depended on strong protections for digital locks. Again, as you've heard, for the future the bill proposes protections for digital locks for those who choose to use them. It doesn't require, though, that businesses use digital locks.
Canadians told us they wanted to make reasonable uses of digital content. The bill legitimizes many common everyday uses of copyrighted materials—things like format shifting, for example, on our PVRs.
Finally, users said they wanted more flexibility when it came to using copyrighted material. As a result, the bill expands the existing fair-dealing provisions in the act to allow for education as a purpose for fair dealing.