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Submission from Mark Cannon received on September 11, 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 concerned that the intellectual property provisions proposed by the Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues (CPCDI) are too extreme in that they give to much control to the publisher at the expense of individual's rights. In the United States the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has already demonstrated that it is too broad and can be misused by the corporations that lobbied for this act in the first place.

The CPCDI will violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantee of freedom of speech, and similar guarantees in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights by banning software and tools that allow copy prevention technologies to be bypassed. It assumes that all users of such tools have criminal intent, which is not the case. These tools allow users to back up purchased material, do research, and to verify that their ownership rights are not being violated (reverse engineering).

With a Russian programmer in jail US for demonstrating that certain software products guarantees of security were false, let us not waste the courts time with a poor act, but think carefully and implement a sensible act.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.


Mark Cannon
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