Archive for June 25th, 2008

61 Reforms to C-61, Day 4: Format Shifting’s 12 Step Approval Process

61 Reforms to C-61, Day 4: Format Shifting’s 12 Step Approval Process

My final post on the format shifting exception focuses on the sheer complexity of the provision.  The idea behind format shifting makes a great deal of sense – consumers buy books, photos, videos, and other content and want the right to view or enjoy the content on the device or medium of choice.  Those rights can be priced into the purchase price and copyright law should facilitate that form of personal use. 

Yet even beyond the digital lock limitation, the provision contains so many conditions that it will leave many Canadians unsure as to whether they have complied with the law.  Just how complicated?  The PDF chart below shows the 12 step process that Canadians must meet in order to comply.  This is simply unworkable for all but a handful of lawyers.  The government has said it wants to target commercial infringement, yet complicated provisions like this one send a different message. The law should be amended to keep format shifting, but with a simplified process.

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June 25, 2008 Comments are Disabled Stop CDMCA
61 Reforms to C-61, Day 4: Format Shifting’s 12 Step Approval Process

61 Reforms to C-61, Day 4: Format Shifting’s 12 Step Approval Process

My final post on the format shifting exception focuses on the sheer complexity of the provision.  The idea behind format shifting makes a great deal of sense – consumers buy books, photos, videos, and other content and want the right to view or enjoy the content on the device or medium of choice.  Those rights can be priced into the purchase price and copyright law should facilitate that form of personal use. 

Yet even beyond the digital lock limitation, the provision contains so many conditions that it will leave many Canadians unsure as to whether they have complied with the law.  Just how complicated?  The PDF chart below shows the 12 step process that Canadians must meet in order to comply.  This is simply unworkable for all but a handful of lawyers.  The government has said it wants to target commercial infringement, yet complicated provisions like this one send a different message. The law should be amended to keep format shifting, but with a simplified process.

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June 25, 2008 20 comments News

Rajotte’s Response To C-61

I've posted NDP and Liberal responses to C-61 last week, but did not bother posting the standard response from Industry Minister Jim Prentice and Canadian Heritage Minister Josee Verner that has been widely circulated online (and is replicated by many other Conservative MPs).  A blog reader sent along the response received from Conservative MP and Industry Committee chair James Rajotte, which takes a more nuanced approach and is posted below with permission.

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June 25, 2008 Comments are Disabled Stop CDMCA

Rajotte’s Response To C-61

I've posted NDP and Liberal responses to C-61 last week, but did not bother posting the standard response from Industry Minister Jim Prentice and Canadian Heritage Minister Josee Verner that has been widely circulated online (and is replicated by many other Conservative MPs).  A blog reader sent along the response received from Conservative MP and Industry Committee chair James Rajotte, which takes a more nuanced approach and is posted below with permission.

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June 25, 2008 18 comments News

North Shore News on C-61

"Bill C-61 was tabled last week, and according to Industry Minister Jim Prentice it is a "win-win" bill. I suppose it is if you consider the winners to be the government and a segment of the entertainment industry. If you consider the public and the rest of the entertainment industry, […]

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June 25, 2008 Comments are Disabled Must Reads