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Submission from Anthony Gornicki received on July 30, 2001 8:45 AM via e-mail


Canada is starting to think about the USA's DMCA and try to apply it to our own country ( http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/SSG/rp01100.html ), that law that states that people aren't allowed to reverse engineer encryption or they go to jail for it. That's rediculous, instead of people improving their encryption so people can't crack it, they would rather let poor encryption go on and put people in jail for breaking it. That's rediculous. Why would I trust anything to encryption that can easily be broken? Would you use encryption that so many people have been thrown in jail for breaking? That doesn't sound safe to me. People who break encryption should be commended in showing us its weaknesses, instead of being thrown in jail because the people who made the encryption are upset that they made a poor product. It makes no sense to me.

On top of that, nobody will be able to legally back up any encrypted information. For years, it has been legal to make copies of our video and audio casettes in case we break the originals. We could make compilation tapes, we could also turn them into different formats, for example we could copy our audio tapes or CDs to our computer to make it easier to listen to, or we could copy them to portable music players. With the "COPYRIGHT REFORM PROCESS," I won't be able to copy my DVDs onto CD-ROM to play on my laptop when I go to work, because I don't have a DVD-ROM on my laptop and it would be impossible to install one due to how the CD-ROM is built-in (and why do that when I can easily copy my DVDs to CD-ROM for free?) The last thing I want to do is bring my expensive DVD player, as well as a portable TV, to work and risk getting them stolen. My laptop, I can easily carry it in my backpack on my bike, and bring a few movies with me.

Right now, it's perfectly legal for me to use what I buy in whatever way I want. In an after-market situation, I can do whatever I please with what I own. However, with the "COPYRIGHT REFORM PROCESS," it will restrict the rights I have. I won't have the right to put my DVDs in whatever format I find suits me best, I won't be able to watch them where I want, when I want, instead the DVD encryption will control what I will be able to do with what I've already paid for. I won't be able to make a backup in case the original gets scratched or broken, or in case I want to preserve the original and only play the backup, I won't be able to put it in a format which I'm able to bring to and play at work.

I don't like this one bit. It has no advantages. I don't get it. It's pointless, and takes away my rights. I oppose this.

--- Anthony Gornicki

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