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    Liberals on C-32's Digital Lock Rules

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    Wednesday April 20, 2011
    Liberal Marc Garneau, who served on the C-32 committee and as the party's Industry critic, issued a tweet last night that provided the clearest statement yet on the Liberal support for reform to the digital lock rules. Garneau stated: "Liberals believe Copyright Bill C-32 must be amended to allow digital lock circumvention for non-infringing purposes."
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    Liberal Party On Usage Based Billing

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    Monday March 07, 2011
    Liberal Industry Critic Marc Garneau has submitted a five page brief to the CRTC that outlines his party's position on UBB. Garneau sides with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in calling for an expanded review of Internet services. It "fundamentally disagrees" with the CRTC's claim that Internet service is analogous to utilities such as electricity or water. It also suggests that UBB is primarily about how to manage congestion on the network, though there is little to support claims that there is much correlation between congestion and current UBB practices.

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    Liberals Preparing C-32 Amendments on Digital Locks & Fair Dealing

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    Friday November 26, 2010
    The Wire Report reports that the Liberals are preparing amendments to Bill C-32 to address digital locks and fair dealing.  The digital lock reforms will apparently address the consumer rights concerns, as Garneau notes in the article that "we believe that if somebody has legitimately bought a work and wants to transfer it to another device for personal use only, that should be allowed." In order to ensure that consumers have those rights, it would be necessary to both remove the digital lock restrictions in the consumer provisions and amend the general anti-circumvention provision (to do one without the other would still leave consumers locked out).

    Garneau also said that the Liberals are considering a reform proposal to the fair dealing provision, by adding a list of factors to help courts determine whether the uses are “fair.”  Garneau noted that the Supreme Court of Canada has established these factors which could be used to help clarify the limits of fair dealing.  As I wrote earlier this month, this kind of codification is precisely the sort of compromise that could provide groups concerned with the fair dealing changes the necessary assurances on its limits.

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    Liberals Say Digital Locks Top Issue as Moore Open To Changes

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    Friday June 04, 2010
    The Wire Report reports that Liberal MP Marc Garneau believes that C-32's digital lock provisions is the most significant issue raised by bill.  Garneau says "the question of how to proceed on legal protection for digital rights management remains the most significant one. The provision has to balance the interests of industry stakeholders, who want the locks protected, and the interests of consumers." Garneau indicated that there is a way to balance the interests and that the party would make some proposals on the issue. Meanwhile, Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore indicated a willingness to entertain reform proposals.  When asked specifically about reforms to the digital lock provisions, Moore said that parties should bring forward specific language.
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