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To Whom it May Concern,
I would like to add my voice to those who are urging the government to tread carefully into the realm of copyright reform. As it stands, Canada's copyright system is broken, but it is not altogether bad. Artists, creators, and copyright holders need to be properly paid for their work, but blindly following an American-style DMCA regime would be a grave error.
I appreciate the chance to air my concerns and see it as a very good sign that the Conservative government is willing to weigh the opinions and advice of ordinary Canadians. This said, it's no secret that the Recording Industry Association of Canada (and, I'm told, their American counterparts) have, in the past, had far too much influence over copyright reform in Canada.
I urge the government to weigh all opinions equally and understand that the recording industry does not represent all of the stakeholders. Think about Canadians, please, and consider that digital locks are restrictive and unethical. Consider that moving and shifting media formats is merely a product of the times and please don't stick us with rules and regulations which are already outdated.
Do not hold back Canadian innovators and creators because a recording and movie industry refuses to be creative in their business model and adjust to meet the times.