Stephen D. Green

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Stephen D. Green

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Submission from Stephen D. Green received on September 9, 2001 via e-mail

Subject: Canadian copyright reform

I write to express my grave concern regarding the extreme intellectual property provisions of the Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues (CPCDI).

We have seen the disasterous results of the music copyright implementation where now the public is being fleeced of much money and the individual right to listen to music. SOCAN is clearly an autocratic money grabbing organization that must be stopped.

To project these same kind of measures on the internet just smacks of "Big Brother" and only aids those who want to further steal from the public.

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 (largely American) 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. 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, computer security

research and many others. The Canadian government has become a partner in crime and conspiracy. Given the current rules, invention, expression and the freedom to use implements would have never have happened. It is clear that these rules only benefit a few, and general public is not one of them !

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.


Stephen D. Green
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