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Copyright Bill Would Ban Breaking Digital Locks

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posted on Jun, 3 2010 @ 08:31 AM
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Copyright Bill Would Ban Breaking Digital Locks


news.ca.msn.com

…new copyright legislation …would criminalize breaking digital locks placed on gadgets and media.
…"...effectively preventing its use for research, education and innovation and curtailing the user rights of Canadians."
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posted on Jun, 3 2010 @ 08:31 AM
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Not long ago, it was illegal for ordinary people to access information outside their economic and social class: it was against the law for "common" people to learn to read and write. These laws were written to "keep people in their place," and protect the ruling class.

Today we can read, but copyright and Intellectual Property Rights laws deny us free access to information. New laws take us back to the Old World Order; they're designed to define all digital information as private property, owned ultimately by international mega-corporations - and to protect the Internet as the ideal tool for Global Corporate Government.

The new copyright laws are about keeping ordinary, "common" people ignorant. No matter what the proponents say. These laws are not about protecting artists and creators and the Entertainment Industry. They're about keeping us in the dark about what's going on in our world, and preventing us from finding out how things really work. In the end, they're about putting us back in our place where we belong.

Not my idea of a good time.


The Spin

The Entertainment Software Association of Canada says "the legislation will help limit piracy of digital content such as video games."



"Without strong protection for our intellectual property, we're basically operating in a digital Wild West," said executive director Danielle Parr in a statement. "Promoting piracy under the guise of 'user rights' does nothing to defend the livelihood of thousands of Canadians who rely on turning great ideas into world class entertainment."



And according to Harper's government:



This common sense legislation will help protect and create jobs, promote home-grown creativity and innovation, and attract new investment to Canada.

www.ic.gc.ca...


Common sense? Sounds like Baby Bush is still writing Harper's scripts.


Rebuttal

In fact, this tax-payer funded "public information" is blatant misdirection and disinformation. As Charlie Angus, a musician and MP for Timmins, Ontario stated:



…the proposed legislation makes no provisions for artists, despite broadening consumers' ability to copy media.
…"…Half the bill is missing, the half that respects and pays creators,"



Angus also says:



"The only rights you will get under this bill are those that U.S.-based entertainment concerns decide you get," he said. "If the technological protections override those rights, then you have no rights."




Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa says, "If Canadians ...speak out, perhaps the bill can be fixed."




Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa and staunch advocate of balanced copyright, said the proposed legislation was flawed but fixable. The fair dealing definitions and exceptions need to be broadened and consumers need to be given the right to break locks for personal uses, he wrote on his blog.
"There will undoubtedly be attacks on the fair dealing reforms and pressure to repeal them, along with the U.S. and the copyright lobby demanding that their digital lock provisions be left untouched," Geist said. "If Canadians stay quiet, both are distinct possibilities. If they speak out, perhaps the bill can be fixed."




International Trade Law overrides State, Provincial and National laws - and gives international mega-corporations the power to call the shots and run our lives.

This is everybody's fight. Time to take our power back.



news.ca.msn.com
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posted on Jun, 4 2010 @ 11:11 AM
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Most "developed" nations like Canada, the USA, Australia and Britain are modifying their copyright and Intellectual Property Rights legislation to support a Global Corporate Government run by international mega-corporations.

Hate to keep flogging a dead horse, but this is important. We need to pay attention and fight back.




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