Digital Security Coalition Issues Open Letter Calling for Balanced Copyright

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Ottawa, ON – June 22, 2006 – The Digital Security Coalition, an alliance of Canada’s leading technology security companies, has released a joint open letter addressed to Bev Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and Maxime Bernier, Industry Minister, calling on the Canadian government to adopt balanced copyright policies and to reject calls for extreme copyright laws. The open letter was released in response to ongoing lobbying efforts to convince the Canadian government to adopt extreme copyright laws that would make it illegal to circumvent technological measures protecting content, such as software, without the consent of the content copyright owner.

Brian O’Higgins, spokesperson for the Digital Security Coalition and Chief Technology Officer of Third Brigade, Ltd., a Kanata , Ontario , security software company, states that “security research is too important to Canadian public policy to place it at risk. The work of security researchers lies at the heart of Canada ’s efforts to build trust and confidence in new technologies. Copyright laws that make security research a risky activity undermine those efforts.” Mr. O’Higgins observes that “malware is getting ever-more sophisticated, and is using encryption and other security technologies to infect consumer and enterprise systems,” and goes on to note that extreme copyright laws like the American Digital Millennium Copyright Act have had a demonstrably negative impact upon academic researchers, and upon security research generally. “Security researchers improve the security of new technologies by testing and circumventing those technologies. Canada does not want to create an environment, like that in the United States , where security researchers shy away from important research for fear of incurring liability.”

The open letter has been posted at the Coalition’s website at

About the Digital Security Coalition: The Digital Security Coalition is an alliance of Canada ’s leading technology security companies. The DSC’s mandate is to advocate on behalf of its members and on behalf of all Canadians for sound public policies and laws affecting digital security technologies. DSC members include Third Brigade, Ltd., VE Networks, Inc., Bob Young, Co-founder of, Red Hat, Inc., Founder and CEO of Lulu, Inc., and Owner, Hamilton Tiger-Cats Football Team, AEPOS Technologies Corporation, Synomos Inc., Borderware Technologies Inc., Random Knowledge Inc., Credentica, Innusec Inc., Elytra Enterprises Inc., Certicom Corp., Cogneto Development, Inc., and Q1 Labs Inc.

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