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The grouchy Oscar Leroy, the peace-loving Amaar Rashid and the crusading Dominic Da Vinci descended on Ottawa Tuesday to give parliamentarians their marching Agenda for the digital future.
The bill would officially legalize many well-established consumer practices, such as recording TV programs or downloading a CD onto a digital player. But ACTRA and other creator groups complain they are not being compensated for these uses.
The creators are also concerned that some exemptions in the bill are too broad. They are opposed to provisions that would allow consumers to make video or musical “mash-ups,” and are worried about the exemptions for educational purposes. They also want authorities to get tougher on bit-torrent sites that allow users to view pirated movies and to force Internet service providers to deal more harshly with customers who download without authorization.