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Thank-you for the opportunity to submit comments on upcoming copyright law reform.
What worries me the most is how copyright law has been used as a hammer in many other countries. I view Canadian law as a tool to help Canadian citizens, as well as Canadian businesses. I do not think that Canadian law should be sculpted by American corporations through company shells located in Canada. I do not believe that any copyright law that includes any of the following is in the best interest of Canadian citizens, and should not be passed:
I feel that entertainment corporations have used copyright law as an excuse to not give customers what they really want. They have made up for shortfalls in business plans by compaining to the government to change laws and give them what they want. They continually change what they are saying (ripping CD's is okay, then it isn't. A CD surcharge is okay, then it isn't). By caving in to their demands and criminalizing Canadians, Canada will not be a better place. Let's stand up for the rights of the individual and learn from other countries mistakes on copyright reform. The US had copyright reform. The corporations got exactly what they wanted. Nothing changed, except that a small number of citizens have had heavy judgements against them for daring to fight the industries in court.