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How do Canada's copyright laws affect you? How should existing laws be modernized?
I think that the biggest effect that copyright laws have on me day-to-day is format shifting. I would like to ensure that it remains legal to copy my CDs to my music player, my DVDs to my computer, etc.. I would also like to ensure that it remains legal to break encryption schemes in order to do that. If I want to move my ebook from my ebook reader to my laptop, I should be able to do that if I legally purchased it. If companies wish to restrict that, then what are we buying from them? A license to view the content? If that's the case, then the "Buy it now on DVD" ads are a lie, and I should get a free replacement of my scratched DVDs.
Also, copyrights hold up adoption of cutting-edge online services. We were slow to get iTunes, we can't watch TV on Hulu or other such sites. From what I understand, this is all because separate agreements must be negotiated with Canadian copyrights holders.
Why does copyright extend past the death of the creator? I realize that becoming a star musician often leads to having dysfunctional families who couldn't make a living on their own except from the money coming in from their parents' creations, but I'm not sure there is any entitlement that way.
Based on Canadian values and interests, how should copyright changes be made in order to withstand the test of time?
Copyright laws can't be made to withstand the test of time. The constant change means that copyright laws must continually be revised.
What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster innovation and creativity in Canada?
I believe that copyright laws like the American DMCA run counter to innovation and creativity. Balanced copyright laws, on the other hand, give opportunity for individuals to create outside of the constraints of big business.
What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster competition and investment in Canada?
I believe that a frank assessment of the changing reality of the digital age, including the understanding that copyright must change to acknowledge the widespread adoption of technology will put us ahead of countries like the USA, who are trying to enforce copyright with 20th century laws that refuse to take into account 21st century technical realities.
What kinds of changes would best position Canada as a leader in the global, digital economy?
Progressive copyright laws that recognize the rapid speed of change in technology.