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