Israel recently reformed its copyright code, and given that it shares many of the same intellectual property issues as Canada, its path is instructive. Although there is much talk that Canada must adopt DMCA-like anti-circumvention measures (a provision that even authors of the DMCA now disown), it appears that small countries with big knowledge economies can go in other directions. Full details are in the link, but the headlines are:
–strong fair use provisions
–no anticircumvention provision
–permission of parallel imports
I recommend the rather long blog entry by Ariel Katz, a law prof at the University of Toronto, as the act is only available in Hebrew for the moment.