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COPYRIGHT REFORM PROCESS
SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED REGARDING THE CONSULTATION PAPERS
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Submission from Samuel Domski received on September 8, 2001 via e-mail
To Industry Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Intellectual Property Policy Directorate and other concerned agencies:
I write to you to express my grave concern regarding the extreme intellectual property provisions of the Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues (CPCDI).
These measures, based on the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), give far too much power to publishers, at the expense of indivdiuals' rights. The DMCA itself is already under legal challenge in the US, has gravely chilled scientists' and computer security researchers' freedom of expression around the world for fear of being prosecuted in the US, and resulted in the arrest of a Russian programmer. The CPDCI provisions, which serve no one but corporate copyright interests, are just as overbroad as those of the DMCA.
These provisions would amend the Canadian Copyright Act to ban, with few or no exceptions, software and other tools that allow copy prevention technologies to be bypassed. These tools are necessary to exercise lawful uses, including fair use, reverse engineering, computer security research and many others.
CPCDI provisions on intellectual property violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantee of freedom of speech for all Canadians. Freedom of speech is universal law it does not limit the media by which we express ourselves, be that digital, paper, film, etc. CPCDI provisions are similar to the censorship of free speech that was present in Europe during "Dark Ages". Charter of Rights and Freedoms is there so that "Dark Ages" cannot be repeated to once again protect the interests of large corporation(s).
I urge you to remove these controversial and anti-freedom provisions from the CPDCI language. The DMCA is already an international debacle. Its flaws should not be imported and forced on Canadians.
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