Introduction to the Canada DMCA Opponents forum.

Most of us have heard of all the problems of the US's Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), such as July 16 2001 arrest of Dmitry Sklyarov (a Russian academic who obeyed laws in Russia only to be arrested in Las Vegas for a conflicting law of the USA). It is is important for Canadians to note that the federal government has initiated a process that proposes to introduce some of those controvercial components of the DMCA into Canada.

To help counter this, the Canada DMCA Opponents Forum was created.


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.

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/


Comments

    An anti-IP article on IMC Ontario [75]
    by Julien Lamarche on Sunday, September 09 @06:20PM
    http://ontario.INDYMEDia.org/front.php3?article_id=1678

    An anti-IP article on IMC Ontario [75]
    by Julien Lamarche on Sunday, September 09 @06:20PM
    http://ontario.INDYMEDia.org/front.php3?article_id=1678