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Dear sir or madam:
As a twenty-five year old graduate student copyright reform is an issue which directly impacts many aspects of my life. While I have already attached my name to a form letter managed by the Canadian Coalition for Electronic Rights I wish to highlight in this email three specific areas of concern I have regarding copyright reforms in Canada.
The first is in the area of the neutrality of internet providers. I feel that ISPs should be dealt with legally much in the way that companies which provide phone services currently are. That is, they should not be responsible for policing the actions of their subscribers. An ISP should not be liable for the actions of one of their customers. They simply provide a service which the customer chooses to make use of as they wish.
My second concern regards the legality of maintaining multiple copies of copyrighted works and the use of tools to make those copies. My purchase of a copyrighted work should afford me the legal right to view or use that work on multiple devices that I own. The fact that I originally purchased a song for example on a CD should not preclude me from ripping that song into an MP3 or other format so that I can also listen to that work on my computer, or MP3 player. I should be able to have the same song on multiple devices at the same time. If I purchase a book in digital format, I should be legally allowed to read that book on my computer, as well as other book reading devices I may own.
My third area of concern relates to the educational uses of copyrighted materials. Any copyright reforms need to contain exemptions for educational uses of copyrighted materials by students and in the classroom.
I thank you for your time.