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COPYRIGHT REFORM PROCESS
SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED REGARDING THE CONSULTATION PAPERS
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Submission from Gary Salter received on September 8, 2001 via e-mail
Subject: Canadian copyright reformTo Industry Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Intellectual Property Policy Directorate and other concerned and involved agencies:
I am writing this e-mail to express my concern regarding the extreme intellectual property provisions of the Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues (CPCDI).
These measures, which are based on the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), give far too much power to publishers and other big corporate interests, at the expense of individuals' rights (based on current, accepted copyright laws). 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 (largely American) corporate copyright interests, are just as over-board 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. This would violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantee of freedom of speech, and similar guarantees in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, since such tools are necessary to exercise lawful uses, including fair use, reverse engineering (which is very important to the continuing development of high technology here in canada), computer security research and many others.
It is my opinion that you should remove these controversial and anti freedom provisions from the CPDCI language. The DMCA (an this includes any of it's derived and future ani-copyright laws) is already an international debacle. Its flaws should not be imported, emulated in any way and forced on Canadians. The current copyright law has served canadians for the past 100 years, we do not need to tamper with it or import badly thought out ideas from other country's such as the US.
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