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My name is Nathan Sutcliffe and I am a software developer working for small software company in British Columbia. I would like to participate in the copyright modernization consultation process by submitting the following comments.
As a software developer, my livelihood is based on the selling of copyrighted materials. I trust any change to the copyright laws will not change our ability to enforce copyrights. We should be able to limit the copying of our software and to use "digital locks" to enforce this. (I believe the term "digital locks" is understood to mean some sort of copy protection scheme in the context of this discussion.) If someone uses our software without paying for it (whether or not they "broke" any digital locks or not), there need to punishment handed out.
As well as being a software developer, I am also a consumer. As a consumer of copyrighted materials (software, music, video, etc), there are certain things that I want to be able to do with the materials I legally purchase. These include being able to protect myself from loss by making backup copies of digital materials and being able to listen or view the contents I buy using the devices I choose in the times and places I choose.
Here are some specific examples of activities that I don't want to be illegal:
Last year's Bill C-61 purported to give consumers the rights to do some of these things, but it also would have made it illegal to break "digital locks". By encumbering a product with a digital lock (however feeble the lock), the content provider stripped the consumer of any of the rights given them by Bill-61.
A right that can be arbitrarily taken away is no right at all.
I urge the Canadian government to grant its citizens rights of reasonable use of the copyrighted materials they purchase, while still enforcing copyright.