Sony-BMG settlement blueprint to modernize Canadian law

This Ottawa Sun article by Sean McKibbon includes:

Ottawa Internet copyright guru Michael Geist says a settlement given preliminary approval by a judge in a U.S. class-action suit could be used by Canadian legislators as a blueprint for laws protecting consumers' privacy and rights to use digital music.

"Privacy legislation doesn't give enough protections to consumers," said the University of Ottawa law professor.

I wrote the following letter to Sean McKibbon.

Normally I'm writing in to help correct misinformation in the media on these issues, but you did a great job. So-called "Copy control" can not accomplish its claimed goal of protecting copyright, but does have a hidden agenda of being used by intermediaries to hide unscrupulous activities including invasions of privacy, circumvention of computer security, digital enforcemnt of legally unenforceable or illegal contracts, or their own infringement of copyright.

The Canadian government must wake up and realize that we do not need legal protection *for* "technical measures" used by copyright holders, but that we need legal protection *from* the wide abuses of these measures. We should be rejecting the 1996 WIPO treaties, and working with the growing countries in the international community that are trying to correct the mistakes of that treaty.

Likely a first step will be to get rid of unscrupulous politicians like Sam Bulte who are close friends with the unscrupulous intermediaries.

Russell McOrmond
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