Yesterday's post on the 32 Questions and Answers on Bill C-32's digital lock provisions focused on general issues in the bill, including compliance with WIPO, the penalty provisions, and their constitutional validity. Today's post discusses the shortcomings in the anti-circumvention exceptions that are included in C-32. With the exception of a new exception for cellphone unlocking, the exceptions are the same as those found in C-61 and a virtual mirror of the U.S. DMCA. For those that want it all in a single package, I've posted the full series as PDF download.
C-32's Circumvention Exceptions
This section features answers to the following questions:
- Bill C-32 contains circumvention exceptions for encryption research and security testing. Doesn't that address the research concerns?
- Bill C-32 contains a circumvention exception for privacy. Doesn't that address the privacy concerns?
- Bill C-32 contains a circumvention exception for the visually impaired. Doesn't that address those access concerns?
- Bill C-32 contains a circumvention exception for interoperability. Doesn't that address those concerns?