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How do Canada's copyright laws affect you? How should existing laws be modernized?
The copyright law affects me primarily in one way; draconian measures that prevent duplication of legally purchased content, for personal use, ensure that I am unable to effectively:
The media corporations have demonstrated that they will do –nothing– to protect my rights, as evidenced by the pervasive copy protection present in virtually all media. The government needs to ensure that my rights are clearly described, and explicitly protected.
Based on Canadian values and interests, how should copyright changes be made in order to withstand the test of time
Copyright should be changed to clearly outline the rights of Canadian citizens. The copyright law already clearly outlines the rights of media producers. It should be explicitly clear what rights citizens have (and what rights they do not have).
What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster innovation and creativity in Canada?
What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster competition and investment in Canada?
What kinds of changes would best position Canada as a leader in the global, digital economy?
To be seen as a leader in the global, digital economy, Canada should draft copyright legislation that recognizes the balance between media-producers and media-consumers and establishes that balance in an explicit manner. A definitive, clear piece of legislation should be drafted that provides clear direction to Canadians regarding their rights so that everyone involved knows what they are.