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As a Canadian author of two books, and writer of dozens of feature articles for Canadian magazines and newspapers, I have to express my thoughts on the copyright issue.
This is my living. This is how I survive, pay my taxes, reduce my mortgage, put food on the table, and fill the gas tank of my old clunker. Without royalties that I believe I've earned from years of research, photography, and writing, I would not have the means to continue in this career that is in some way hopefully benefiting all Canadians — no more books or articles that educate Canadians about my area of specialization: the environment. In this digital age I can not allow the public, via Google or any other search engine or any other means of digital reproduction, to take my work and distribute it free to those who want it.
Please bear this in mind as you deliberate your decisions. I am by far not the only author in Canada who depends on what little income we receive from writing. If we have no income from digital reproduction, we simply cannot continue. Collectively, that would be a great loss for Canada.