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Copyright Reform Process
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Submission from Steven A. Nikkel received on September 10, 2001 via e-mail
Subject: CPCDITo Industry Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Intellectual Property Policy Directorate and other concerned agencies:
I am extremely concerned about the intellectual property provisions of the Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues (CPCDI). These policies which resemble the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), give far too much power to publishers, at the expense of indivdiuals' rights of expression, research and fair use. The DMCA itself is already under legal challenge in the US. The CPDCI provisions serve no one but corporate copyright interests, and are contrary to the original spirit of copyright.
These provisions would seek to ban, with few 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. Such tools are necessary to exercise lawful uses, including fair use, reverse engineering, computer security research and many others.
I urge you to reconsider these controversial and restrictive provisions from the CPDCI. The US DMCA is already an international debacle, it should not be used as a model for Canadian regulations.
Steven A. Nikkel
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