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[d@DCC] The Copyright bill - C-60
From: Charles MacDonald <cmacd _-at-_ telecomottawa.net>
HI there, as a resident of Stittsville, I am writing to you concerning the new copyright bill. (c-60) I am wondering what the opposition position to this bill is, as I feel that it is certainly worthy of being opposed. Copyright is a balance that is intended to foster creativity. Folks who create various forms of art are given the rights to control there work for a limited time in order to encourage creativity, with the firm understanding that at some future date, that work will become part of the Public domain and contribute to the rich culture of Canada. By limiting the use that others can make of new creativity, we crimp the free market of ideas, in order to reward those that create. The granting of a Government sponsored monopoly on new expressions of ideas is obviously something that is a trade off away from free-market principles. I am sure that you realize that Innovation always builds on the past, and incumbents likely will always try to stifle innovation. Just has Newton said that he was "standing on the shoulders of Giants", almost any literary or scientific progress depends on building on the collective knowledge that has gone before. Folks who have control of that knowledge are often tempted to try and prevent others form making full use of that knowledge as that would represent competition to there hold on power. In the current Copyright bill, the folks from the old "Recording Industry" have asked for some rather draconian limits on new innovation, limits that may not be clearly seen at first glance. They are asking for Government blessing of so called "Technical Protection Measures" and in effect requiring that consumers buy and pay for extra technology that is supposed to prevent unauthorised copying. Since the common law of copyright intrinsically permits many uses of copyright material, and a computer is certainly not smart enough to determine if a copy is being made for a permitted purpose, we will have a situation where Canadians in their own homes will be prevented from doing what is legal by "big Brother" technology that they have been required to pay for in order to access the cultural birthright we enjoy in a free society. The truth is that while TPM can be sure "WHO" a user is there is no way to be actually prevent copying, just to require that the only access the buyer is allowed is so crippled that the buyer cannot use the recorded work in ways that would be lawful. The recoding industry previously lobbied for a levy on blank media to cover the casual recordings that citizens make for their own use. Such as making a compilation tape of their favorite music to play in the car tape player on a long drive. With a riding like Mississippi Mills I imagine you yourself probably have your favorite music for those long drives around the riding. The government says that Canadians were consulted on this legislation, but in fact only the legacy recording and media industry was listened to. The new technology that the internet provides creates many opportunities for new talent to distribute there work in new ways. Many Musicians who are not signed by the major record companies, or who indeed are unwilling to accept the terms offered (A typical artist is offered a small royalty for specified use of their work after the marketing expense is paid - and little or no control over how and even if their work is marketed) have embraced the new possibilities of using Peer-to-peer sharing of files as a way of introducing themselves to fans. These folks often have business plans that depend on live performance and merchandise, rather than the old 1930's practice of selling plastic disks with sound recordings engraved. Our computer industry is also under attack in this bill. There are a few large companies who have made large profits by selling pre-packaged software that almost but not quite works. The internet has resulted in a new way of creating software where many people collaborate, and make their money from using the software rather than from licensing or selling the software itself. The apache webserver that runs many Government web sites is an example of this sort of software. (http://www.apache.org/) If the consumer is required to use software with built in TPM to access content, the software they buy many be tied to what music they listen to ... A case of "Tied selling" as prohibited by the Competition act. I don't see any amendments of that act in bill C-60 though. I am sorry for writing such a long letter to you, but I hope that you will see all the barriers to a free-market that this proposal may creates and will prevent the government from granting more monopolies to rich mostly foreign controlled firms. -- Charles MacDonald Stittsville Ontario cmacd@TelecomOttawa.net Just Beyond the Fringe 1800+ Canadians oppose Bill C-60 which protects antiquated Recording, Motion Picture and "software manufacturing" industries from change... Sign the Petition Users' Rights! http://digital-copyright.ca/petition/ No Microsoft Products were used in sending this e-mail. _______________________________________________ Discuss mailing list Discuss@list.digital-copyright.ca http://list.digital-copyright.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
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