Protect artists - From Graham Henderson

Graham Henderson, the president of the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), and likely the greatest threat to Canadian musicians and other creators, wrote an article for the National Post titled Protect artists - Reform Canada's copyright laws.

I sent the following as a letter to the editor. (Published by p2pnet)

Re: Protect artists - Reform Canada's copyright laws

While I agree with Graham Henderson that we need to reform our laws, including copyright law, it must be to protect Canadians and Canadian artists from the lawlessness he is advocating. He wishes to sue Canadians without evidence of infringing activities, with a lack of evidence being the primary reason why his members lost the lawsuits in 2004. It is our strong Canadian privacy legislation that protected Canadians from this lack of due process.

Henderson advocates protecting the practise of copyright holders applying technical measures to devices which they do not own. Stewart Baker, Department of Homeland Security's assistant secretary for policy, said, "It's very important to remember that it's your intellectual property -- it's not your computer. And in the pursuit of protection of intellectual property, it's important not to defeat or undermine the security measures that people need to adopt in these days.".

I can tell Henderson that as a software author that most of us strongly disagree with the legalization of applying technical measures to things which they do not own. Beyond the property and privacy implications, this harmful practise also ties the enjoyment of digitally encoded content with specific brands of access technology. This practise should be understood as a violation of competition law in order to protect the technology sector, including software authors.

Henderson does not represent the Canadian music industry, but the very narrow interests of 4 foreign major labels. What he is advocating is doing away with due-process, property law, competition law, privacy law, and ..well.. any other law that gets in the way of the extreme foreign special interests he represents. It is time to get past the wild-west lawlessness that Henderson is advocating, and protect the rights of Canadians.

Russell McOrmond
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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