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COPYRIGHT REFORM PROCESS
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Submission from Sini Stojicic received on September 10, 2001 via e-mail
Subject: CPDCIComments - Government of Canada Copyright Reform
c/o Intellectual Property Policy Directorate
235 Queen Street
5th Floor West
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H5 Canada
To Whom it May Concern:
I write to express my serious concern regarding the extreme intellectual property provisions of the Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues (CPCDI).
This proposal is based on the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). It does not protect anybody, but just gives far too much power to publishers, diminishing indivdiuals' rights. The DMCA itself is already under legal challenge in the US, has already shocked the scientists' and computer security researchers. The DMCA has shown the worst face erasing any freedom of expression around the world, imposed fear of being prosecuted in the US. 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.
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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