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Submission from Pat Beirne received on September 14, 2001 via e-mail
Subject: Proposed legislationDear Sir/Madam,
I would like to add my voice to those who are calling for a delay or halt in implementing anything like the American DCMA.
I have worked in the software industry since it started. I was principal in one of Canada's larger software successes, CorelDRAW. In my opinion, we need to open access to software, both for the good of the industry, but also for imporoving the quality of the software itself.
The best way to reduce software piracy is through public education, and not through technical enforcement. For example, as someone skilled in software, I feel confident that I could bypass more than 80% of the software anti-piracy scheme currently being used.
Similar comments can be made for music, video and text intellectual property.
I realize that there is pressure to align ourselves with the US. Surely there is a way to compromise.
I strongly recommend that we delay or halt anything like the DCMA.
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