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To whom this concerns,
As I have little time until the deadline (30 minutes), I will try to be as coherent and concise as I can.
How do Canada's copyright laws affect you? How should existing laws be modernized?
The use of software patents internationally has affected open source developers in that there is always a lurking concern regarding litigation for patents that are often obvious in nature and used ubiquitously by open source and closed source developers alike. As well, the use of defensive patents are also a threat to innovation. I do not have the knowledge or experience to comment on how to improve laws in a way to protect companies, but remove the aforementioned problems.
Based on Canadian values and interests, how should copyright changes be made in order to withstand the test of time
I do not have the knowledge as how to best achieve this
What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster innovation and creativity in Canada?
What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster competition and investment in Canada?
What kinds of changes would best position Canada as a leader in the global, digital economy?
The above questions all respond to questions of economy and do not address questions of social justice or principle. Copyrights law do indeed serve both to protect individuals works (a form of social justice) and to foster innovation, however there are other considerations that should be considered:
I hope that this consultation relates to patent law as well, otherwise much of this email has been off topic. Though many of the principles do apply to copyrights as well. I also encourage greater consultation in this manner (open and also through electronic means) in both an ongoing way for this domain and in others.
Thank you for providing this forum.