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Introduction to the Canada DMCA Opponents forum.
From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_ flora.ca>
This is an introduction to the materials to be posted at http://www.flora.org/dmca/ , as well as the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list. The Government of Canada is launching the process for reforming Canadian copyright legislation over the years to come. This process has sparked the creation of this online forum, as well as a number of other forums. The government process can be read about at: http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/SSG/rp01100e.html Most controversial may be the provisions similar to the USA's Digital Millennium Copyright Act which not only makes legal the circumvention by copyright holders of copyright's Fair Use provisions, but also makes the circumvention of this circumvention a crime. To many, this circumvention of fair use is in complete opposition to the ideals of copyright to create a balance between the privileges that governments grant to copyright holders on their temporary monopoly on the intellectual work, and the rights of the users of the materials as well as the good of society as a whole. The purpose of this list is to discuss this process, and to facilitate discussion between similar-minded people who wish to make submissions, as well as promote a more balanced reform process. Subscribe/unsubscribe instructions are posted at http://www.flora.org/dmca/ Note: This list is a publicly archived list, and messages submitted are not filtered (beyond basic technical issues such as a rejection of messages containing file attachments, or messages from unknown authors). Do not send a message to email@example.com that are not intended for public view. This very specifically means that you should never submit information from others that is not already public, or for which you have not received permission to submit. Other lists: ------------ There are also alternative lists being created. The first one to be created was firstname.lastname@example.org To subscribe, send a message to: email@example.com This group not only will be discussing responses to the consultation process, but will also be discussing some of the more general aspects of those laws commonly lumped together under the phrase "Intellectual Property". The name of the list should make obvious the intent of it's creators. Note: Some of us do not agree with the use of this phrase: <http://www.fsf.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html#IntellectualProperty> and thus will concentrate in discussing the specific legal term such as patents and trademarks, with this specific forum being about potential changes to copyright law. --- Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/> RMS clarifies Freedom http://www.gnu.org/press/2001-05-04-GPL.html Free Sklyarov http://www.dibona.com/dmca/ http://www.freesklyarov.org/ http://www.flora.org/flora/server/comnet-www/1792 Oppose DMCA in Canada! ---------- Included text ---------- From: http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/SSG/rp01100e.html Government of Canada - Gouvernement du Canada Franšais Contact Us Help Search Canada Site COPYRIGHT REFORM PROCESS With the release of A Framework for Copyright Reform, the Government of Canada is launching the process for reforming Canadian copyright legislation over the years to come. This document outlines the reform process that Industry Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage are undertaking over this government's mandate to address a number of key copyright issues. These issues will need to be addressed over the next few years to ensure that the Copyright Act remains among the most modern and progressive in the world, as promised in the January 2001 Speech from the Throne. As part of the process, the Government will consider issues, consult Canadians, and propose legislative amendments, where necessary, in a step-by-step manner. Review of the Copyright Act through frequent revisions involving manageable packages of issues and narrowly focussed bills is consistent with the need to better respond to the fast-changing technological and business environment. The anticipated result is that issues will be dealt with quickly and efficiently. CONSULTATION PAPERS ON INTERNET COPYRIGHT ISSUES As a first step in the copyright reform process, the Government of Canada is also releasing two consultation papers on Internet issues: Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues and Consultation Paper on the Application of the Copyright Act's Compulsory Retransmission Licence to the Internet. Industry Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage are seeking comments regarding possible amendments to the Copyright Act with respect to the issues described in these two consultation documents. Canadians are invited to provide their comments by September 15, 2001. Subject to consent, all written submissions received will be posted on the two departments' websites. Comments on the submissions received should be provided by October 5, 2001. Consultations meetings will be held by the two departments later in the fall and policy options would be developed, if necessary, by early 2002. Consultation Paper on Digital Copyright Issues In order for Canada to be an important player in the emerging digital economy, the Copyright Act may need to be amended to ensure that it continues to be meaningful, clear and balanced. In particular, the examination of key digital copyright issues is necessary to fully realize the government's priority of promoting the dissemination of new and interesting content on-line, for and by Canadians. The departments believe it is now an opportune moment to initiate consultation with stakeholders on whether the Act should be amended to: * set out a new exclusive right in favour of copyright owners, including performers and record producers, to make their works available on-line to the public; * prevent the circumvention of technologies used to protect copyright material; and, * prohibit tampering with rights management information. Another important issue relates to the circumstances under which Internet service providers should be held liable for the transmission and storage of copyright material when their facilities are involved. At present, the Act does not clearly identify the conditions for imposing liability, nor does it explicitly limit such liability. ...rest of page not included - please see http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/SSG/rp01100e.html for full text... -- For (un)subscription information, posting guidelines and links to other related sites please see http://www.flora.org/dmca/
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