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Submission from Michael Kalus received on August 14, 2001 11:17 PM via e-mail
Subject: DMCA made in Canada
DMCA made in Canada
Dear Ladies and Gentleman,
I read with astonishment and concern about your plans to implement a similar law as the DMCA in the US.
Even though I understand the right of people to protect their intellectual property I cannot agree with the abuse of a law that (in the US already) has been used several times in ways as it wasn't supposed to be used.
The people profiting are the large corporations and not the individual. To be more precise, it will mainly be outside companies who reap the profit from a law similar to the DMCA.
Encryption is an important tool (I use it myself like in PGP or encrypting my HDD on my notebook) but if companies use Encryption to decide what a buyer can do with the things he bought than this is definetly crossing the line.
Do we need a copyright? Yes, but it has to protect the people who create the work and not the distributor who right now tries to hold on their power with whatever they have.
The US Government is already henchman for the american industry, I value Canada because it is NOT like the US (neither am I Canadian nor American) and I hope sincerely that you have a look at the impact the DMCA had in the US already and re-consider your draft.
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