Archive for June 14th, 2010
Appeared in the Toronto Star on June 14, 2010 as Opening Up Canada's Digital Economy Strategy The federal government’s national consultation on a digital economy strategy is now past the half-way mark having generated a somewhat tepid response so far. The consultation document itself may bear some of the blame […]
The first four posts on the 32 Questions and Answers on Bill C-32's digital lock provisions focused first on general issues in the bill, second on C-32's circumvention exceptions, third on the missing exceptions, and fourth on consumer-focused provisions in the bill. This fifth post focuses on business considerations. For those that want it all in a single package, I've posted the full series as PDF download.
This section features answers to the following questions:
- Isn't this just a matter of consumer choice? If consumers don't want products with digital locks, no one is forcing them to purchase them?
- Won't the digital lock provisions help bring new businesses to Canada like Hulu.com?
- Are the concerns associated with digital lock provisions in the United States legitimate? What issues have arisen in the U.S. under the DMCA?
- If these digital lock provisions are too restrictive, what compromises are available?
Conservative MP Rob Cannan published an op-ed supporting Bill C-32. Cannan says he has heard from some constituents and notes that the Ministers are open to amendment proposals.