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COPYRIGHT REFORM PROCESS
SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED REGARDING THE CONSULTATION PAPERS
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Submission from Jason Chu received on September 13, 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 writing today to show my concern about the intellectual property provisions of the Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues (CPDCI).
Such provisions, as based on the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), give publishers far too much power. As such things need balance, this means that individuals lose powers such as their power of free speech and the power to research and reverse engineer any software. Such powers can help companies to develop better products and generally make software safer and more powerful.
The DMCA in the US is already under legal challenge because of the profound affect it has had on scientists' and computer security researchers' freedom of expression. Already it has resulted in the arrest of a Russian and a Norwegian programmer. The provisions, which serve no one but (largely American) corporate copyright interests, are just as over broad as those of the DMCA.
I urge that these controversial and anti-freedom provisions be removed from the CPDCI language. The DMCA is already an international debacle. It's flaws should no be imported and forced on Canadians.
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