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COPYRIGHT REFORM PROCESS
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Submission from Craig Morris 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 wish to express my concern with the intellectual property provisions of the Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues (CPCDI). The proposed revisions to the Copyright Act appear to be modeled on the US Digital Copyright Millennium Act, a piece of legislation which seems to have had a dramatic negative impact on individual rights while only benefiting large corporate interests.
As an former entrepreneur who was involved in the creation of a successful software company with a global customer base, I am certainly sympathetic to the legitimate needs of intellectual property owners. However freedom of speech and intellectual pursuit must retain supremacy over commercial concerns, particularly when the concerns being protected are principally those of large foreign corporations. The DCMA has already had chilling effects in certain academic circles and new and disturbing implications of the act seem to surface daily.
I urge you to move carefully in this matter and to always put individual rights of Canadian citizens ahead of corporate convenience.
RedTree Development Inc.
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