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In the subject of copyright, I would like to express my opinions on the issue as a software developer, as a photographer and mostly as a digital consumer. I write both commercial and open-source software for cases where I hold all rights, cases where the employer holds all rights and cases where I share my rights with open communities.
For one, I believe the government should actively engage the market in regulating all actors and acting as representative for consumers. While not a legal expert, I believe that, at least in the field of software development and telecommunications, proprietorship kills creativity as well as potential market for innovation. Organisations that promote standardisation and industry co-operation should be protected while infrastructure or protocol monopoly should be held to competitions assisted to equal footings.
Also as a consumer, I would like to narrate an example in the video game industry that is increasingly becoming the trend in our entire technology marketplace. In the past, a consumer is expected to purchase a console and a game and from this point on, he has purchased the rights to use the product in whichever way he desires. I firmly believe that consumer freedom, purchased with money, should be defended. Now, a consumer needs to purchase an Xbox 360, for instance, then games, then the rights to use their networking infrastructures for a limited time, then purchase additional contents to fully unlock the gaming potentials, then trade money for "Microsoft points" where the user then loses his leverage on the monetary value of the contents to be purchased as is at the full wit of the corporation, then realise that the points can only be purchased in denominations of 1000 even if the consumer would ever need 100, then realise that none of his original and surplus points can be used because he is not in the same geographic location where he first registered the machine.
Imagine a world where the consumer would not only be expected to pay for the value of the product plus the profit margin at a supermarket, he needs to also pay for the time spent in the market by the minute and the rights to access the other half of the market. For the sake of the example, the user has to trade in the money he wishes to spend into Canadian Tire money in minimum transactions of 100$. Then be told that the money he just traded is only good for the store in the next city. This policy would rightfully be regarded as belligerent and insulting. Yet, this is seemingly the trend in our tech world, because, in the case of Microsoft Xbox, the company holds the proprietary protocol of all games' networking capabilities and provides middleware. If you wish to be in the Microsoft camp, there is no possible competitions from hardware manufacturers, game developers or internet service providers. While the recently revised C-61 bill need not affect Microsoft or the gaming industry, the example illustrates well the trend in our technology market.
I believe the corporations of today has already amassed enough power to control how and when we can use the products we have already purchased in the digital marketplace. To let this corporate power run unchecked would, in my opinion, be a failing in our government's role to represent a population powerless against corporations. Otherwise, we would truly be limiting innovations from all to the benefit of one's profit.
Discouraging the use of these supposed intellectual leverages to limit innovations and competitions in order to amass profits would definitely be in concert with the Canadian industry's commercial interests and moral values.
Finally, I believe that allowing ISPs to collect, track, store our online activities is a very serious offence against the individual freedom of citizens an an intrusion of privacy, especially when left in the hands of for profit corporations. Taxis doesn't record who comes on and who gets off of a taxi, even if it could lead to the resolution of serious crimes. Neither should ISPs since their business is to provide infrastructure. Nothing else. When a corporation is granted the rights to reach outside of its business sphere to conduct activities that can even elude to the control or monitoring of citizens, we are starting down a very dangerous slippery slope.
Rights to privacy and consumer protection cannot be compromised for corporate profit. We have seen where the Canadian competitive edge can get when things are left in corporate hands and Canada now has one of the worst consumer market and infrastructures for internet access and wireless communications for the developed world. Canadian consumers pay many times more than their OECD counterparts for wireless data and internet speed. Both of this affects me personally. Wireless data plan costs are limiting the resources of my university sponsoring my undergraduate research and limits my ability to develop open-source or commercial software in Canada. Slow and irregular internet speed blunts my competitive edge internationally when co-operating with multinational development teams.