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I hope it's not too late to add my thoughts to this public consultation. Thanks for the opportunity.
I'm an avid web user and amateur musician. I strongly feel that copyright legislation (and enforcement) in the U.S. is misguided and draconian, designed exclusively to protect the rights of large corporations instead of citizens — I'm dismayed that Canadian legislators are considering emulating their laws on copyright. The proposed changes to our copyright laws don't appear to be going in the right direction.
I create a lot of content for the web, and most of it gets a Creative Commons license to encourage sharing with attribution. I support musicians who release music designed to be shared and remixed. I don't believe that copying and sharing files is the same as stealing — most of the music I enjoy now is from the web, and it's stuff I never would have bought in the first place — I support the musicians by attending their shows and buying albums after I've heard them online. I'm not a criminal for sending my friends mp3s.
Please ensure that the rights of media consumers are protected before the rights of the corporations.