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I am emailing to voice my opinion on the issue of copyright law in Canada; to urge you to listen to our citizens, and not external pressure based on the existing copyright laws of other countries.
From my position, being a consumer of cultural products, a student of cultural product production, and an aspiring content creator, I feel very strongly about these issues.
I believe very much that the creator has every right to profit from their work; but I also believe that the current copyright laws are outdated in relation to new technologies.
Copyright laws as they were being proposed in Bill C-61 would have stifled creativity and the forward momentum of our culture. Under copyright law, all of those old nitrocellulose films with no known creator (or one able to be found), would not be reproducible for the purpose of preserving them on a more current medium. These films can literally turn to dust; in effect losing culture and a part of our heritage. And where would internationally successful Canadian business Bombardier be, if it had been illegal for them to 'remix' or 'sample' Ford's Model T by turning it into the first prototype of their ever-famous Ski-Doo?
In terms of new technology governed by old rules, there is a very great inconsistency here. If we are allowed to sample written works without permission as long as we cite them properly, why can't we also, then, do the same with other forms of media?
I also feel that Digital Rights Management would interfere with my right to privacy, with companies using DRM for such purposes as internet-throttling, etc.
Steps we could take to ensure the best outcome for everyone involved should include emphasizing such alternatives as Creative Commons (creativecommons.org) and educating people on the fair dealing provision.
The artist is the creator of beautiful things.
To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim.
The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.
The highest, as the lowest, form of criticism is a mode of autobiography.
Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. 1
Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
1Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray. (London: Penguin, 2003). 3. Back to text