Bill C-32

Logic and legal protection for TPMs

I was thinking about this last night after reading another "but we have to have the C-32 approach to TPMs for the creators to get paid" article, and think I found a way to explain my thinking.

Let's divide Canadians into 4 groups based on their ability to bypass TPMs and their respect for copyright law :

Can bypass TPMs Can't bypass TPMs
Respect Copyright law Engineers Comsumers
Don't respect copyright law Pirates Wannabe pirates

Why no formal submission to Digital Economy consultation?

In an earlier article describing my limited participation in the Digital Economy consultation I indicated that I wouldn't have the time to make a formal submission. This fact was hilighted in a flattering article by Laurel L. Russwurm, who did make a formal submission, so I thought I would write about why I didn't allocate the time.

My response to Loreena McKennitt

Musician Loreena McKennitt penned an opinion piece where she spoke about declining revenues for a whole series of largely unrelated industries, and then made two wild unfounded claims: first, that "today's online environment, where piracy is virtually unchecked" was the problem, and second that Bill C-32 was a solution.

Moore has his facts wrong on Copyright

Author, broadcaster, editor, journalist, musician, negotiator, singer, and MP Charlie Angus has released a letter to Heritage Minister James Moore discussing how the Minister has his facts wrong on Copyright.

It is great that we have an actual creator in parliament, able to speak on behalf of fellow creators, rather than too many parliamentarians that get confused by intermediaries falsely claiming to represent creators!

Minister Moore and the Myth of Market Forces

A great post by David Eaves about the myth that Bill C-32 supports market forces.

My impressions of the DyscultureD Canadian audio blog

I am a big fan of audio blogs. Some people call them Podcasts because Apple iPod users seem to claim responsibility for making them popular. Leo Laporte over at TWIT.tv, a large audio/video blogging network with a long history in broadcasting, tried to convince people to call them Netcasts as they were simply broadcasting over the Internet. While I'm a listener to a few TWIT.tv shows, and a few other non-Canadian shows, I have always been looking for Canadian shows that cover some of the technology and political stories from the uniquely Canadian perspective.

Bill C-32 Frequently Asked Questions

Please see the bill C-11 FAQ for updates.


The following are some frequently asked questions, or clarifications of frequently made statements.

I maintain two versions of this document: this HTML version that is optimised for providing links to specific questions, and a document version (OpenDocument text format, PDF format) optimised for printing and sharing as an attachment. The document version should be seen as primary version, and it contains additional references not included in the html version.

If you have questions or answers you feel would be appropriate here, please contact me. Status of the bill as it goes through the legislative process is on the Bill C-32 homepage.

If lawyers are confusing copyright with other laws, what about the rest of us?

A tweet from lawyer Barry Sookman (who has also blocked me, BTW), referenced an article with Further Copyright talk. At the end the author, Todd, said:

So is circumventing a TPM (even for legal purposes) like going into a theatre without paying or taking a book from a bookstore without paying? Or is it like being able to photocopy the relevant sections of a book in a library? To me it seems more like the former than the later.

Episode 88 of DyscultureD

I was on Episode 88 of DyscultureD (Note: Title and some language NSFW)

Copyright debate turns ugly

CBC's Peter Nowak has another great piece about the debate around Copyright, and how Minister Moore has made things more divisive with his "you are either with us, or against us" style.

I added the following as a comment:

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