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These are my responses to the Federal Government of Canada's consultation on Copyright Reform.
How do Canada’s copyright laws affect you? How should existing laws be modernized?
It affects me because I am a computer programmer and consumer of digital media. I am also concerned with my privacy and I know that some corporations attempts to guard their copyrights have resulted in the breach of consumers privacy and rights.
Based on Canadian values and interests, how should copyright changes be made in order to withstand the test of time?
Copyright laws need to be updated with both the copyright holders and consumers and fair use in mind. The American Digital Copyright Millennium Act is an example of what not to do. It heavily favours the copyrights holder at the detriment of the consumer.
With my legally purchased content the laws should allow me to:
For this to be possible DRM should be illegal or at least it should be legal to remove DRM because DRM locks on media are completely one sided technology in the favour of the copyright holders by removing the consumer's ability to exercise their fair use rights.
What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster innovation and creativity in Canada?
Make sure the everyone's fair use rights are enshrined. The laws should not create an atmosphere of fear that has been created by the DCMA and the RIAA.
What sorts of copyright changes do you believe would best foster competition and investment in Canada?
Make sure the everyone's fair use rights are enshrined.
The laws should not create an atmosphere of fear that has been created by the DCMA and the RIAA. There is no reason to extend copyright past lifetime + 50 years.
What kinds of changes would best position Canada as a leader in the global, digital economy?
Don't allow 3 strikes you're out that would result in an individuals internet being disabled.