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Submission from Jay Fuerstenberg received on July 28, 2001 4:56 PM via e-mail
Subject: Comments on Copyright Reform
As a computer programmer of almost 20 years I find it difficult to understand the rationale sweeping the world concerning extending traditional copyright values to the digital world. For somebody who has been using computers and the internet as long as I have it is frustrating to see so-called 'experts' dictating why we must do this. We are the real experts and the only people who understand what digital information really is. It is nothing more than 0s an 1s. Because all digital information is the same it immediately becomes apparent that it is nothing like information in the real world. The 0s and 1s of a cookie recipe are no different than those of a pirated mp3 music file. In the real world you would never subject cookie recipes to the same regulations you do for CDs. The digital world does not regulations but the ones that work for the real world often do not work well in the digital one.
The US has a long road ahead to getting rid of the DMCA and I urge the Canadian government to carefully consider regulations that in the US have meant the criminal treatment of the innocent to meet the needs of the media industries.
Thank you for your time,
- A Canadian who believes the DMCA is evil.
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