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COPYRIGHT REFORM PROCESS
SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED REGARDING THE CONSULTATION PAPERS
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Submission from Leons Petrazickis received on September 8, 2001 via e-mail
Subject: Canadian copyright reform
To Industry Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Intellectual Property Policy Directorate, and other concerned agencies:
I am gravely concerned with the excessive intellectual property provisions of the Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues (CPCDI).
CPCDI, inspired by the US Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), destroys the fine balance between fair use and copyright by over-empowering publishers. DMCA has greatly curtailed the freedom of research and expression among American scientists and computer researchists and is currently being challenged. It has resulted in a widely publicised and unfortunate arrest of a Russian programmer/enterpreneur and many other frivolous lawsuits. The provisions in CPDCI are nearly equivalent to those in DMCA; these provisions serve no one save for (largely AMERICAN) corporate interests.
The said provisions would amend the Canadian Copyright Act to ban the creation, transmission, and communication of software and hardware that allows the bypassing of copy prevention technologies. This violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantee of the freedom of speech and various guarantees in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, since such tools are necessary for fair use, educational reverse engineering, computer security research, and many many others.
I, as a Canadian citizen, respectfully request that you remove these unethical and anti-freedom provisions from the CPDCI. The flaws of DMCA should not be imitated and forced on Canadians.
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