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Greetings and salutations, in response to your solicitation of commentary on Copyright in Canada.
I request, as a citizen of Canada that in your consultations you consider and implement the annulment of copyright law in Canada. I do not refer to the Trademark act but rather to the Copyright act.
I see the copyright act as corporate welfare, allowing those without talent to profit off of those who posses that illusive quantity. If talented entertainers wish to capitalize off of their gifts, let them perform in venues, making such entertainment and messages as they might possess more accessible to the public.
Enforcement of any digital rights management system is impossible from a practical Software Engineering and Computer Science perspective without resort to clichéd and draconian measures. I dislike being clichéd, I'm embarrassed enough by my various members of Parliament behaviour at the best of times and don't want them straying into this nebulous region when their efforts are better spent elsewhere, like foreign policy, finance policy, judicial and criminal legislative matters.
Please stop using socio-engineering terms used by politicians to skirt the nature of legislative alterations such as "modernize" which brings connotations of improvement where none may be currently considered; or where a special interest (Usually monied.) political-ideology might be trying to avoid certain inconvenient-truths. I would like to see my politicians and media entities held to a firmer account than is permitted by these "weasel words".
Copyrights were a late introduction to our corporate law legal system; certainly retain the Trademark, Plagiarism, Defamation and Slander components which assure credibility of actors within the commonwealth be they individual, governmental or non-governmental organization. We thrived quite well without copyrights prior to the acts original introduction we will survive quite well with out it at all afterwards.
Strengthening the Trademark, Plagiarism, Defamation and Slander would increase the credibility and standing of all citizens of Canada. We would know with more certainty than we do today that persons we attend for our entertainment, employment and education were not hedging truths, making equivocations, quote-mining or otherwise undermining the confidence of Canadians in their media.
Annulment will increase competition and encourage decentralization of media thus increasing the diversity of media. Once diversified, the media industry will be far more resilient to market fluctuations than the current model is that sheds distribution nodes like trees loose leaves in fall. A solid business model with a wide open market always encourages investment, such a business model, having smaller partners will require smaller individual investments and thus encourage entry into media investment market by many more players than the current mega-financiers.
Digital social technology hasn't settled on a firmament of acceptable social use or business models; attempting to force it into any legislative mold will position Canada poorly in both short and long terms and limit Canadians abilities to explore new options in digital technology.
Thank you for your time and patience, if you have any questions please contact me as needed.
- - Christopher James Ouellette-Croucher