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Canadian Copyright

Dear Industry Minister Tony Clement and
Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore,,

As a proud Canadian consumer and a video game enthusiast, I appreciate the invitation to share my thoughts on the ongoing review of Canadian copyright legislation.

I understand that the Canadian government will soon introduce legislation amending Canada's copyright laws in ways that will have significant effects on Canadian consumers. This letter is to express support of intellectual property policies that serve Canadian interests first and foremost.

The fundamental principles that benefit a strong and productive consumer and content creator relationship should be defined as follows:

  • Copyright laws should seek to protect consumers, the public interest, as well as content creators — not just the technology that limits access to content and rules in favor of the content creator.
  • Modifying copyright laws to modern technologies should not undermine consumer rights or constrain common consumer practices that have been in place in Canada for many years.
  • Technology that weakens the existing rights of consumers should not be valued nor promoted.
  • Consumers will not accept a series of laws that places industries ahead of them. A balance must be met between the content creator and the consumer in order for a healthy and productive society is to be achieved.
  • From my perspective, as a Canadian consumer, any copyright legislation to advance Canada's business and consumer interests must embody these principles.

Thank you for this opportunity to express my views in this matter.

Robert Hunter
British Columbia