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How do Canada's copyright laws affect you? How should existing laws be modernized?
Copyright laws affect me everyday of my life. No matter what i'm doing the thought of eventually being taken to court for backing up a DVD or using my original XBOX to stream content.. It's a scary thought.. You asked how laws should be modernized? Did the RIAA\MPAA\CRIA write that question? Canada has some of the strongest IP laws in North America.. If the DMCA is any indication of what is to come we need to leave the laws as they are now.. I don't want to be taken to court and have to pay taxes and levies on my blank media which will essentially fund the RIAA\MPAA\CRIA's Canadian blanket lawsuit campaign.
Based on Canadian values and interests, how should copyright changes be made in order to withstand the test of time
Copyright and IP laws are fine as they are now..
What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster innovation and creativity in Canada?
No changes to copyright laws can hinder innovation and creativity within Canada. Only stifle them. Case in point the United States of America DMCA. Blanket Lawsuit Campaigns by the RIAA\MPAA who said they would stop and still launch more lawsuits even today. Yet fail to bring their business into the 21st century.. It's just sad.. I don't want to see this happen in Canada.
What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster competition and investment in Canada?
While this may be a little off topic I believe no changes to copyright are needed for competition and investment in Canada. What I do feel needs to be done is the elimination of telecommunications duopoly's currently held by Rogers Inc and Bell Mobility (and affiliates).. As I write this email I have to pay for every byte of data (bandwidth) I am using.. Why because Rogers\Bell claim that P2P networks hurt their networks and don't have the resources to attend to them. Because of this Canadians are now faced with connections thats are throttled (slowed down) and bandwidth (data caps) because we apparently use to much. This shouldn't be allowed in Canada. If there is any one reason that creativity and innovation has been stifled in this country it is because of the facts presented above. It is a great way to send companies overseas.
What kinds of changes would best position Canada as a leader in the global, digital economy?
The mandatory government ordered elimination of bandwidth caps and throttled connections would immediately revitalize Canada as a digital leader in the 21st century.. Assuming Rogers\Bell have not neglected their networks to the point of crumbling. A government funded and operated telecommunications network based of Fibre would also be a welcome sight.. Of course with no restrictions on bandwidth or any throttling.. The government could make trillions of dollars this way!! Offer better services then the companies that gouge us monthly and do it alot cheaper..