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My name is Jamie Brost and I want to add my comments to the new Canadian copyright legislation that is occurring in Canada.
I have been reading Michael Geist's website http://speakoutoncopyright.ca/ and it has prompted me to voice my opinion on Canadian copyright.
First off, I understand the need for copyrights to protect content owners, but I disagree with copyright being able to infringe on the rights of the consumer.
When Canada does adopt a new copyright policy, the priority should be to protect the rights of the consumers just as much as the rights of the content owners. Many countries have been trying (and failing) at this very thing and it would be a shame if Canada did the same thing. For example, France's three-strike and your out rule (http://www.boingboing.net/2009/06/10/frances-three-strike.html) sounds way to close to what Barry Sookman is requesting for with his "graduated response". Allowing someone the ability to have your ISP cut your internet connect without going through the court system is horrific. This will be abused!
Also, a lot of the proposed legislation implies a "guilty until proven innocent" point-of-view. Creating levies on MP3 devices, for example, implies that your are not paying for the music you put on the device and therefore need to be charged up front. I should be allowed, as a consumer, to use the content I purchased in the methods I choose. This includes CD copies for personal use, MP3 CDs, MP3 Players, etc.
Although there is a need for copyright protection, the greater need right now is to stand up for the rights of the consumer, because those are the rights at greatest risk right now.
Right now, I am completely against the proposed legislation in its current form (i.e. Bill C-61) and I want the entire bill re-worked to be mindful of the consumer. Right now, the legislation is nothing but a money grab for CRIA, CMPDA & other such organizations. Bill C-61 went too far and should be stated as such.
A concerned Canadian citizen and voter,