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COPYRIGHT REFORM PROCESS
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Submission from Nick Lewycky received on September 16, 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 wish to express my concern and dismay regarding the intellectual property provisions on the Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues (CPCDI).
It is clear from reading the Consultation Paper that the Federal Government is interested in following the lead of the Americans set forth in their Digital Millenium Copyright Act. The DMCA has already sparked protest among computer programmers as evidenced by the protest to the arrest of Dimitry Skylarov as well as the resignation of Alan Cox from USENIX who stated that "it has become apparent that it is not safe for non US software engineers to visit the United States." I am dismayed by Canada's attempt to follow the lead of our "Big Brother," the United States of America.
The provisions of the CPCDI would amend the Copyright Act to ban software and tools capable of bypassing any copy protection, however weak. 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.
I urge you to remove these controversial and anti-freedom provisions from the CPDCI.
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