This editorial from the Yukon News titled Copyright Law Puts Canadians at Risk is well worth the registration requirement. It begins by focusing on the Search Engine interview: Jim Prentice fled. Like a sissy. And you can’t really blame him. Prentice’s proposed copyright legislation is a selloff of Canadian citizens’ […]
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David Canton writes on Bill C-61 in the London Free Press, noting that "the bill is flawed and should not be passed in its current state."
Several noteworthy letters to the editor on Saturday – a terrific one from Steven Comeau, the President of Collideascope Digital and a Gemeni Award-winning producer in the Vancouver Sun, as well as a rebuttal to Corcoran's National Post piece by David Skoll, the President of Roaring Penguin Software in Ottawa. […]
While I've been focusing on the many Canadian editorials criticizing Bill C-61, it is worth noting that mainstream media columnists are focusing on the issue as well. The Globe and Mail's Ivor Tossel covers the issue today, suggesting that "the bill seems doomed to failure." The article also includes a […]
Two of Canada's leading papers have issued masthead editorials critical of the Canadian DMCA. The Vancouver Sun doesn't pull any punches in its review of Bill C-61:
the amendments are draconian. While Prentice attempted to sell them as a balance between the rights of content creators and consumers, it's clear that consumers – and in many cases, creators – can only lose should the new regime become law.
The editorial concludes:
The fact that the bill relies on the American method is not just a coincidence, either, as it is almost entirely the result of the intense pressure U.S. authorities placed on Ottawa. In contrast, there was precious little public consultation during drafting of the proposed law. Prentice claims that the bill is a "win-win," though it's not entirely clear who will win. What is clear is that if the bill becomes law, all consumers, and many content creators, are destined to lose.
The Ottawa Citizen, meanwhile, laments that "enforcement will be difficult, if not impossible, and it will limit uses of digital material that have nothing to do with piracy." It concludes that: