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Submission from Jonathan Dingle received on September 12, 2001 via e-mail
Subject: The CPDCI anti-technology ban
To Industry Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Intellectual Property Policy Directorate and other concerned agencies:
I wish to express my opinions on the grave attack on individual rights that is the CPDCI.
As the US DMCA upon which the Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues (CPDCI) is based has shown us, the implementation of these provisions would lead to further prosecution of open-source advocates and Violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantee of freedom of speech. In addition, these provisions would remove power from the individual and serve the interests only of corporate copyright interests.
These provisions would amend the Canadian Copyright Act to ban, with little or no exceptions, software and other tools that allow copy prevention technologies to be bypassed the tools that would be banned by the CPDCI provisions are essential to many lawful uses, including computer security research and reverse engineering. This could only slow the improvement of Canadian software technology, possibly leaving us behind other countries in software design and development.
We urge you to respect the Canadian democracy and remove these controversial provisions from the CPDCI. The DMCA is already a debacle. Canada should not import and force upon it's people such a flawed and outrageous affront upon our basic rights.
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