This Magazine looks at Bill C-32 and comes out warning against the digital lock provisions in the bill.
Archive for September 20th, 2010
The European Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS), which includes companies such as IBM, Nokia, Oracle, Opera, and Red Hat, has issued a new position paper expressing concern about ACTA.
For example, the uneditable letter now being used by the Balanced Copyright for Canada site tells MPs and Senators that “unfortunately Bill C-32 falls short of meeting the government’s stated intentions. The core message, ‘thou shalt not steal’ is diluted by such a bewildering array of exceptions that if anything the situation for creators will grow worse.” This represents a significant change from earlier letters that did not include such criticisms. In fact, the initial BCFC consumer letter stated:
I believe the Copyright Act amendments proposed in Bill C-32 do a good job of balancing the right of artists and creators to benefit financially from their work, and the ability of consumers like me to make copies for non-commercial use and personal enjoyment. If Bill C-32 passes, it will give me the peace of mind of knowing that when I take music I’ve purchased and downloaded online, and copy it to my player, it’s legal. There will be no doubt in my mind that the PVR copy of a movie or the episode of my favourite TV show that I’ve made for later viewing doesn’t infringe copyright. And, I will know that my favourite singers, musicians, and film makers have been financially and fairly compensated for their work and creativity.
The new criticisms from the BCFC are just the tip of the iceberg:
- My CRTC Appearance on Bill C-11: Why Isn’t the Commission Concerned with Competition, Consumer Choice, and Affordability?
- The Law Bytes Podcast, Episode 187: Jeff Elgie on What the Bill C-18 Deal With Google Means for the Future of the Canadian News Sector
- Skillful Negotiation or Legislative Fail? Taking Stock of the Bill C-18 Deal With Google
- Salvaging Bill C-18: Government Upends Legislation To Bring Google Onside the Online News Act
- Accountability and Antisemitism: The Canadian Heritage Committee Needs To Step Up